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The weather continues erratic, one day hot one day cold, one day clear one day cloudy, and the wild flowers are spreading like wildfire.  More important, the grapes are perfect.  Beautiful, big, fat, bountiful bunches hanging like fresh laundry on the vines.  The vines themselves are lush, verdant, even edible to look at.  So far […]

Flowering’s finished!  Plummeting temperatures at the beginning of the month were too late to nip our grapes in the bud, and torrential downpours only helped to fill up our reserves of groundwater.  The flowering of the vines is really, really important, and it went off without a hitch.  Textbook perfect.  Now we can set our […]

Temperatures fell in the first week of May, and thank goodness for that.  The vines have been soaking up all that sunshine and unreasonable, unseasonable warm weather,  shooting up like adolescents who grow half a meter the minute you turn your back on them.  As the month opened, the beginnings of bunches of grapes could […]

Every month we say this is the best month to be at Rives-Blanques.  Well, April really is.  The place is redolent with wild flowers, birdsong, and  vines full of burgeoning  buds and bonhommie.  It’s  a ‘wish you were here’ postcard from paradise, signed by mountains singing on our horizon and the smile of a brilliant […]

Rain and unseasonably cool temperatures ushered in the month. We are watching our vines like a hawk, but as you can see if you click here, although the grapes progressed smoothly from flowering to bunch formation last month, they did not get much further. And nor did we. So veraison, when the sugar in the […]