Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weeding southern french style

The southern french wine crisis continues, the big Pinot scam, farmers revoluting at the Agricultural Show in Paris, wine growers income down by 80% in the area so a good time to invest in another vineyard.  And that is exactly what I did.  Last week I signed for 6 acres (or 1600 vines) this time in the Fitou appellation.  To make Fitou you have to have 3 grape varieties  Carignan, Grenache and Syrah and that is exactly what this small piece of paradise has.

Mind you it is not easy to see some of the 60 year old vines amongst the weeds so moi and le boyfriend spent this morning weeding southern french style.

We also uprooted some of the very aromatic wild rosemary that I have brought home to try to replant in the garden. Philippe and his Dad, Serge, from the village over the hill, came to give a hand with the pruning.  And with the birds, worms and ladybirds all under the bright blue sky we are starting to see the potential of the new Domaine Jones Fitou vineyard.

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