WORK IN THE VINEYARDS
The vines are trained as espaliers and pruned following the Guyot method (arcadegrape). On each grapevine only one cane is trained each year. This is 6 – 8 nodes long, plus one spur of two nodes for the next year.
Removal of side shoots and the tying of young shoots are done manually, as is the removal of excess or unwanted leaves to improve ripening of the fruit. This means that some leaves around the bunch of grapes are removed, allowing air and light to get through for better condition and colour.
The soil is fertilised with organic substances (stable manure) every second or third year, and if necessary with mineral products taken out of quarries – for example potassium sulphate and magnesium. The space between the rows is grassed and the soil under the rows is worked mechanically.