People and vines have a lot in common. A little stress can benefit the human body, pushing us out of our comfort zone, spurring us on to greater things. The same is true of vines: limit their water and nutrient supply among the rows, and they will thrive off the competition, producing grapes with concentrated […]
It’s not even the end of September and the grapes are pretty much in the cellars all over Provence, our life has moved on to winemaking and the growers are enjoying a break and time for the “chasse”, or wild boar hunting. As far as they’re concerned 2015 has been a dreamy year. Why? Because […]
If you’re out on a Provenςal road at three o’clock in the morning and see bright beams of light cutting through a vineyard, don’t worry. It isn’t someone crushing the vines with a 10-ton John Deere, or a truck attempting a u-turn after missing his turn-off.
Everything you do in the vineyard and to each individual vine will effect its performance, even if only minutely; you are contributing to the development and condition, the health and the function and ultimately the quality of the grapes that will determine the resulting wine.
So, I’m beginning to try to understand a little more about these furry critters that cause so much of a stir around these parts. And not just the wild boars, but the chasseurs too, as they seem to have more rights anyone else to walk onto private property and shoot things.
Last year was an awful year for the vineyards of Provence when a sudden and violent hailstorm at the end of May wiped out thousands of hectares of vines.
2013 has also been a tough year for vines, albeit for very different reasons – and herein lies the truism that ‘no two vintages are ever the same’.