There is plenty to be done in the vineyard after harvest has finished and while it’s not the best time to start pruning, there are plenty of other things that can be done during the Winter months. This machine is ‘pre-pruning’ the vines which makes life quicker and easier for the pruners to do their work later on.
Winter work in the Loire vineyards
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Life in the Loire on lock-down. 7th April. Day twenty four.
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In the production of wine we talk about 2 separate fermentations. The first fermentation (with which I’m sure you are all familiar), is alcoholic fermentation.30 Apr, 2018
Wine education – burying the cow’s horn. What’s that all about?
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Latest from Twitter
- Fascinating stuff. So much good rosé in the Loire these days and not made like that! Direct pressing or short macer… https://t.co/4OCnO0oP44 26th Jul from Twitter Web App
- RT @LeMuscadet: Loving my local wine shop. After introducing me to Anjou Brissac, here is another new (to me) Loire appelation: Saumur Puy… 26th Jul from Twitter Web App
- @Oenophilechat @winewankers Zero! 22nd Jul from Twitter for iPhone in reply to Oenophilechat