SEASONS

Vines and olive trees in winter at Lentillières
Vines before being pruned
Pruning during wintertime
Winter at the Fruitiers vineyard
The compost needs several month to be ripe
Chopping before the vines begin to grow
Pierre plows the vineyards
Wilde rucola growing in the vineyards
Wilder leeks grows in between the slate
Harvesting nettles
Harvesting calendula flowers
Harvesting willow
In June the future grapes are beginning to grow
Wilde turnip growing in between the vines
In July the grass is dried out
The grapes are ripe to be harvested
In October the olives can be picked
Beautiful vineyards after the harvest
Application of the compost in December

The winter season
The work in our vineyards is determined by the seasons. They start in December, when the growth cycle of the vines is in hibernation. During the winter months until March the pruning of the vines is in the foreground. We practice the traditional "gobelet languedocien" pruning system, in which the vine are cut down almost to the ground. In summer, the vines form a bush and thus protect the grapes from the hot sun.

During the fall and winter is also the phase of maturation of our compost. We produce it from our own grape marc as well as sheep manure from the Cevennes mountains. In March and April we expand the compost into the vineyards and plow once.

The seasons of spring and summer
In April the vines enter into their vegetative growth cycle, which will last until late July. During all this time the care of the vineyards is in the foreground. In May, the surplus shoots are de-budded. Moreover, the protection of vines against the fungal diseases must be ensured. Our vines grow on a healthy soil, produce low yields, and enjoy biodynamic preparations. Hence we can reduce the treatments of the vineyards to a minimum. We use mostly sulfur, a little copper, and Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT). Our copper dose varies depending on the climatic conditions of the year between 300g and 2kg/ha/year (by comparison: organic viticulture in the European Union allows 6kg/ha, Demeter 3kg/ha). We also use herbal teas such as nettle, horsetail, marigold fields and wicker. We treat our vines on average only 4 to 6 times a year with extremely low doses of products. Throughout this period the vineyards are ploughed once or twice.

Most of all this work is done by hand, which allows us to adapt individually to each plot. In recent years, our little team has been completed regularly by young and highly motivated trainees from all around the world, who actively support us in this work and enrich our work with new ideas.