After what was a rather unsettled spring, the weather appeared to be back on track mid-june. Every year is indeed different although we seem to be returning to a growth dynamic and rhythm of work closer to what we were accustomed to. The scorching temperatures in week 24 have given a boost to vegetation and we can be sure of one thing and that’s that we won’t be harvesting in August this year !
The particularly early harvest of last year left us with a long autumn which we devoted to trellising work in the newly planted plots of vines. The vine’s premature ‘shedding’ of its grapes combined with the late falling of the leaves constituted sufficient water reserves despite the lack of rainfall in September. The vine was therefore well prepared for its winter rest.
For several years we have also used the autumn period for surveys and planning. This includes identifying and pulling up vine stocks suffering from wood disease and also, although only more recently, from grapevine yellows disease caused by phytoplasma (flavescence dorée and bois noir).