Coup de grass
June 8th, 2007 | Uncategorized
After yet more travelling we have just returned to review the results of this years flowering (which had already started just before we left). The weather this spring has been changeable to say the least, and a good deal cooler than the last couple of years. We have also witnessed more rainfall during the winter, continuing on and off, more or less until now – indeed, the forecast for the coming week is for more of the same, and we are nearly half way through June!
Having said all that, the flowering seems to have passed relatively unscathed, and we will eagerly wait to see what the summer brings….
Apart from the obvious risk of disease there is another downside to this type of weather – the grass in the vineyards grows quite vigorously, and this means more time on the tractor cutting. You may recall that we do not use herbicides in our vineyards, which might mean that they are not as ‘manicured’ as some, but which in the long term is better for the soil and for the vines themselves.