Winter ends with the weeping of the vine. Some tears flow over the pruning wounds. Generally the vine weeps 3
times before budding. Under the gradual warming of the temperature, the buds swell. They will slowly open, revealing
the young shoots and finally the grapes. The vine flowers are borne. This must take place under good conditions
to prevent setting failure. The air is then full of a delicate fragrance. Billions of flowers will perfume
the atmosphere. This, which can last from 3 / 4 days to 2 weeks, is crucial to the outcome of the grapes.
But it is also the moment of the full flowering of the vine that will enable us to determine the harvest date.
We count 100 days. Of course the months that follow may affect these forecasts, but there have been few years where
we have had to move or postpone the date of the harvest.
It is also the time for the first ploughings and the first treatments. It is long labour for those of us who
work our land. It is necessary to seize the right moment, to take into account the weather reports and the
nature of the ground, to work correctly. It is a very delicate moment which it is not always easy to plan
to control the weeds effectively.
Then the race begins in the face of the of the development of the
vegetation. As soon as the vine reaches several centimeters we begin de-budding
and if necessary removing duplicate buds
. The earlier the work is done, the easier and quicker it is. But it is impossible to be everywhere at
once. The vine is going to reach the middle wires, then the top wires. This liana grows and grows and grows. The trimming
consists of conditioning the plant and slowing down its growth. The first will be just a
pollarding. We prefer it late. We have also noticed that the vine slows its rate itself and so limits
the passage of the tractor.