Showing posts from August, 2011

The Vineyard this Summer

The vines are looking good this year - lots of grapes although some slightly uneven development.The most important month will be September when they complete ripening. In many places in Europe they have already started harvesting due to the warm spring - this is almost unheard of and Winemakers in France have even had to take their holidays in July and not August - Bonnet de Douche! to quote Del Boy Trotter. I'm not sure what this will mean for quality but it will be a large crop in many regions. Our next step is Veraison when the grapes change colour, swell and soften up which we would expect in two weeks or so. Then, it's hoping and praying.