First week of April: after several days of sunny weather and summer-like temperatures, bud has occurred in most French vineyards. But morning frosts are back. Frost is a scourge that affects many wine-growing regions every year and can wipe out the future harvest. Several anti-frost techniques are used by winegrowers, which sometimes give amazing pictures, of stressful moments: we tell you about them in this article.
Harvest 2020: the first grapes were cut on August 31st at the family winery, Vignoble Alain Robert. A very early date in the Loire Valley, where the harvest normally begins at the end of September. This article is meant to give you some explanations about the purpose and interest of hand harvest as opposed to machine harvest, and to share a beautiful video filmed by an American visitor who took part in one of our Loire Wine Tours at harvest time in September 2017.
Friday, March 20th 2020 : our pruning workshop had to be cancelled, due to the confinement measures taken by the French government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It'll be for next year now! Meanwhile, here is an article with some explanations about why and how vines should be pruned.