Nature remains the boss and knows how come back as a reminder of anyone who would forget it. Obviously, the winegrowers don’t belong to this category. They daily work with it and have the memory of at least one painful event. Hail storms last year, unexpected frost on may this year, belong to theses bad memories. In fact, how protect vines and then harvest from climate disasters ? Is it only possible ? What winegrowers feel face to theses moments ? Living in Cognac has met Nicolas, winegrower and deeply involved in Professional Organization on climate subject.
On the top of the hill, it looks great and proud amongst the vineyards. Without doubt it is one of the most interessant dovecote of the cognac region and one of the most important. Built with the white limestone from Charente, this “pigeon loft” has crossed more than 300 years… Welcome to the Pigeonnier d’Ardenne.
Whatever the weather, morning frost, rainy day, or cold wind, day after day, hooded men and women work in vineyards. What happen so important in winter to be there ? Pruning is a key work in vineyards life. Each gesture is important as it really engages the grow up of the vine, the quality of the harvest…
It’s quite unusual in Cognac region to have such low températures withing the day : -7°C or -9°C. I presume that the scandinavian and canadian friends of the blog will just smile and think that it’s out of mind to say it’s cold, but for us, it is ! A white coat on the roofs and landscapes till noon, is quite exceptionnal. To be trendy, I putted on my white confortable coat.
31 very intense days, as usual on december, to be ready for Christmas and new year holidays. Back in pictures on some highlights.
After a year of hard work, hoping that the weather conditions would be nice enough till the cognac harvest time, the single most important decision of the winegrower is to choose the right day to begin harvest. It looks like a very subtle balance betweeen professionnal skills and intuition, and requires a fair amount of experience. Needless to say that it’s a nerve-wracking period, especially when the weather has played unkind tricks like this year in cognac vineyards.