When the vines get some rest, in winter, it is time to trim them. Without pruning, the vine wouldnot ceaseto grow and would putall its energy tomake woodinstead ofgrapes… Suffice to saythat pruning isessential for obtaininggoodquality of grapesand thus,wine.The size ofthe winterpreparesthe future harvest.
Vines pruning – Domaine des Peyre
Quality of pruningdetermines the qualityof wine By cutting, we orientatethe qualitative levelof the grapesat firstand thus, thewine we will producefrom thesegrapes: the pruningcan limitthe growth of thevine, but also the development of somebranchesthat willhold thegrapes. We need almosttwo yearsto prepare the quality of the harvest because onlythe budsof the branchesof the previous yearwill givefruit.AtDomaine des Peyre, we started pruning at the end of December, first on the mostlate varieties(CarignanandMourvèdre) to continue withtheSyrah and Grenache.
Cordon de Royat pruning All our plotsare cutwith a technique called« Cordon deRoyat« : a short pruningmuch usedin ourMediterranean vineyards. This sizemode limitsthe production of grapescompared with a size such as « Guyot« ; working on thehigh level of qualityof our wines, we aim to control productionon relativelylow yieldsin orderto have fewergrapesper vineand thus promotethe concentration of sugarson the fewclusterspresent.To get there,we choose toreduce the number ofbudsleft oneach strain.
Planting grass to improve the quality of the grapes
Beyond the quality of the cut to better control the force of our vineyards, we also plant grass on certain plots. Engaged in competition with vines, this weed modulates the mineral supply of vines and in fact, allows a reduction in yields, which in turn improves the quality of the grapes. However, we chose the specific grass species so that this weed is not harmful to the vine.
OldcentenarianCarignan Some of ourvines are over80 years old and,two years ago,we began totakewinter pruningor drysize tolower theheight of thestem. The exampleof ouroldCarignanis strikingwiththeir significantheight in the middleof the other parcels. We havekeptthem asfossilsbecausethe grapesthey produceisenhancedwith time;but care must betakentofight against theirheightby loweringlittle bylittlebytheappropriate size. Thisdrysizejob startsin winterand continuesin the springwithgreen pruningalso calledbudding. Green pruninghelps preparewinter pruningleavingthe budsthat will be thefuturespurs.
We started thesizeofour one year plantiersto form thebeginning of whatis called thetrainingsize. We leave twoeyesthe first winter. Then we leave the strongestand most straight branchin the second yearand finally we trainthe vinearmlthe astyear. The weatherpromises to bea little moregentle early Aprilwith coldermorningsbutbeautifulsunnyafternoon. That let us hope the beginning of budsoon, that is to say,the growth of smallbuds andsmall leaves. Whatmakes you wantto take a rideevery day betweenvines, almond trees, cherry trees andflowering thymeandwait forpartridges, under the eye ofraptorsidentifyingtheir futureprey.
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