The Grape Vine continued....

The vignerons have been busy in the vineyards spraying the crops against pests.

I  must also mention here the importance of position and soil types,as these all have a place in the final taste and quality of the wine.

The three key soil types here are slopes of clay and calcereous, 'les garrigues' stony plateaus and sandy calcaeous soils.


The large stones help the vines to withstand heat and drought.

And a week on from seeing the flowers on the grape; they have started flowering another key part that mother nature has to play ! The flowers lose their flower cap 'calyptra' and then pollen is released from the five stamen. The fertilisation process can take place when the pollen lands on the pistils of other plants.

The flowering 

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