Extensive work is scrupulously conducted throughout the year so that at harvest time we obtain healthy, perfectly ripe, botrytized grapes, all in the framework of sustainable agricultural practices.
Once the harvest has been completed, a new campaign begins among the vines.
This is the replacement of missing plants in the parcels with plants and rootstock selected according to the soil.
This occurs from November to March and is performed professionally (goblet, fan, trellised). This short pruning consists in leaving a spur on each one of the 3 or 4 branches.
- Wood cutting and possible wood pulping
Once cut, the vine shoots are spread between the rows of vines. Based on soil requirements, they can either be shredded or removed from the parcels.
Plowing (earthing and de-earthing) are associated with surface labor. This traditional, mechanical soil maintenance operation has enabled us to cease the use of pesticides, loosen and ventilate the soil, so as to encourage the growth of microorganisms.
- Soil analysis, enrichment and fertilization
Soil analysis is performed after harvest on several parcels. This allows us to reduce organic soil enrichment and determine if additional minerals are required. No input occurs systematically; all operations depend on soil condition.
- Trellis maintenance operations
Each year the posts and trellis need to be maintained to keep the vineyard impeccable.
This work consists in attaching each plant to the trellis and posts.