The long and exhausting days begin now! We have started the different work on the growing vines in the vineyard. The first, disbudding, consists in removing the vine shoots without fruits in order to aerate the vegetation. This delicate task is done by hand on each vinestock. In order to be on time we now have hired a seasonal crew.
With their help on 22 acres, it will take nearly 3 weeks to complete this "échtinage" as we call it in the region.
Simultaneously, we have started organic treatments for the vines against the two great disease that are mildew and powdery mildew. Copper and sulfur are our only allies. Against mildew, we need to treat before rains. It needs water in order to contaminates the vines.
Then we start the tying-up work. It involves raising our wires to tie and maintain vegetation in the row. Tying-up avoids vine shoots to break and improves aeration of the vegetation. By doing this we limit the risk of disease.
Several passages will be necessary in order to fully tie-up the vines.
At the end of the month, it is the flowering that is spreading in the vineyard. The harvest should not be late because the it will take place approximately 100 days after flowering. The flowering will be perfect if the weather conditions are good during this period and if it goes homogeneously in the vineyard.
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