Here is Alfredo, field budding 3309 rootstock (the green stuff that will be removed next spring) with chips of Cabernet Sauvignon, clone 8. The tiny Cabernet bud is just below Alfredo's left thumb. Note the protective bandage - his budding knife is as sharp as a scalpel. He's holding the bud in place until securing its position with the white tape his right hand is reaching for.
This is very delicate, precise work that takes a deft touch and years to master. Alfredo can bud vines at the rate of one per minute. Astonishing.
In 4-5 years, we'll be harvesting Napa Valley Cabernet grapes!
Stay tuned for video...