Spring workshops

Pruning workshop

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Our vine-pruning workshops are offered on Friday and Saturday mornings during the second half of March, a period when the temperatures are milder.

 

The dates are announced at the end of the year. Reservations become possible online from this moment. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

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Pruning is the vinegrower's main work in winter. The pruning season starts after all the leaves have fallen, generally at the end of November, and should finish in early April at the latest, before the first buds start appearing - what is called bud-burst.
Pruning consists in cutting the dry branches that were produced earlier during the year. Leaving a precise number of eyes (that will develop into a bud and then a branch carrying grapes) will help control the yield the following year. Pruning will also contribute to the vine's longevity and will ensure proper yields over the next years. Stop pruning a vine and after a while, it won't give any more grapes...

 

A good pruner is said to be able to prune one vinestock per minute. Actually more than this! As 6,660 vinestocks have to be planted per hectare (approximately 2.5 acres) in the Vouvray vineyard, it would mean 110 hours of work per hectare. Actually it takes a good pruner between 70 and 80 hours to prune that surface area!

 

We invite you to come and spend a few hours in the vineyard to learn how to prune vines. Don't worry, we promise we won't ask you to be as quick as a professional! The technique will be shown to you by the vinegrower himself, Cyril Robert, who is Myriam's husband. We will lend you a pair of pruning shears for you to train. This time spent in the vineyard will also be the opportunity to discover the specificities of AOC Vouvray and of the wines produced in the area. We will finish the workshop by tasting the estate's wines, served with local delicacies.

PRUNING WORKSHOP: €25/person

What the price includes:

- a pruning workshop in the vines

a tutored tasting of 3 wines from the estate

- local finger food served with the wines

 

3-hour tour

In March, on reservation only

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Disbudding workshop

2021 date: fixed at the end of April depending on the vegetative progress of the vine

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Disbudding aims to rid the vine of certain unwanted sprouts - the famous suckers that gardeners also take the time to remove on the tomato plants! These shoots unnecessarily consume the sap of the plant or will form twigs that will interfere with the aeration of the vine. This task is done by hand, from early May to mid-June.

 

Come and discover this task in the company of the winemaker and / or our wine workers. In small groups, for a better learning of the techniques. 

DISBUDDING WORKSHOP: €25/person

What the price includes:

- a disbudding workshop in the vines

a tutored tasting of 3 wines from the estate 

- local finger food served with the wines

 

3-hour tour

In May, on reservation only

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Trellising workshop

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Trellising, or lifting of the wires, takes place in June-July. This involves raising the two wires that were lowered in winter when pruning the vine - this makes it easier to pull the vine shoots - and keep them tight using small metal or plastic hooks in order to train the young branches of the plant.

 

In small groups, for a better learning of the techniques

TRELLISING WORKSHOP: €25/person

What the price includes:

- a trellising workshop in the vines

a tutored tasting of 3 wines from the winery

- local finger food served with the wines

 

3-hour tour

In March, on reservation only

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Loire Wine Tours

Myriam Fouasse-Robert

Charmigny

37210 Chançay

+33 6 52 16 97 07

rdvdanslesvignes@gmail.com

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Wine is a cultural product. It should be enjoyed as such and consumed in moderation.

Alcohol abuse is bad for your health.

The prices mentioned are valid from January 1st to December 31st 2021.