The farmers watch over the unripe grapes… patiently waiting for the colours of the sun.
To own land is to protect its integrity, it is to share harmony and beauty at different times of day and seasons…. it is to feel part of its life cycle.
Summer in the country is the season of vitality and exuberant energy, from its excess temperatures to its sharp colours…. In the vineyard this is the most important season: the quantity of sunlight, together with the right amount of rain will determine the quality of the grapes and the wine vintage. When the vines have stopped blossoming, the green shoots unkempt from the wind are tied and any excess leaves close to the bunches that block out the sunlight to the grapes are removed, everything is done manually. We then move onto clipping the shoots and cutting the grass. The vines are treated with copper and sulphur based salt, integrated constantly with sea weed which helps strengthen the vines, giving them the strength and energy to naturally fight off any fungi.
We count on a dry summer (the vines don’t need much water and they easily adapt to warm and dry climates) hopefully without any dangerous storms along with the threatening strong winds and hailstones that they bring with them in our valley encircled by mountains.
Only when there is a period of prolonged drought and in the drier or exposed areas do we use the drop system irrigation as aid.