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August 29, 2022

Do grape vines need irrigation ?

In this current context of drought, the debate has come front and center in many parts of our planet. Opinions, often formulated with absolute certainties, are often linked to past weather patterns and whether or not there is enough access to fresh water for irrigation. In our Mediterranean climate, the grape vine is one of […]

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May 04, 2022

The Miracle of Healthy Soil

Life on Earth is based on carbon. Carbon is also found in our atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon helps regulate the Earth’s temperature, makes all life possible, is a key ingredient in the food we eat, and provides us with fossil fuels. Since our planet and its atmosphere form a closed […]

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March 02, 2022

Nutritious Fallow Fields: “Regeneration” not “Dormancy”

Year 1: The choice of our first set of seedings   The return of warmer weather heralds the moment to start sowing our cover crops on land destined to eventually be planted with a new vineyard or orchard. In the life of a farm, it’s important to let land rest between two crops (in our […]

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November 12, 2021

The 2021 Vintage

As we farmers in France say, “Trees never reach the heavens”, and after several incredibly favorable vintages that were easy to vinify, the golden series came to a brutal end. 2021 was a challenge from start to finish. If we came out the other side doing so well, it’s thanks to the tremendous investment and […]

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May 07, 2021

Take cover… crops!

The philosophy behind regenerative farming focuses on conservation and improvement of our farming environments. It emphasizes restoring local biodiversity but above all improving the quantity and quality of topsoil. One of the most effective practices is the use of cover crops. Used correctly they mitigate soil erosion while improving soil fertility, quality, water retention, weeds, […]

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March 30, 2021

Regenerative agriculture, our future

As a generational handover approaches, it’s good to take a step back and imagine the kind of agriculture we want to practice in the decades to come. Everything is accelerating and we are convinced that a profound change must take place, to better meet challenges of global warming and to respond to the aspirations of […]

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December 22, 2020

Our Vendanges – Finally some good news in 2020!

We’ll all be happy to turn the page “2020” at midnight on December 31st, in spite of the many uncertainties that will remain. While everyone has been rightfully focused on the global social and economic disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 wine harvest has been enormously troubling for many of our colleagues. It’s been […]

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September 28, 2020

Protecting our soils, all together !

Calls for a return to the agriculture of yesteryear, more virtuous, more local, more human, are multiplying. There’s no doubt that for many of us it feels like the stuff of dreams. For me, any new model of regenerative farming must be inspired by the techniques of yesteryear, enriched by scientific discoveries and calibrated to […]

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July 08, 2020

Mating disruption in viticulture

It is now been more than 10 years that we have been fighting the dreaded vine moth larvae without insecticides (you can read our article of June 24, 2011). The principle behind “mating disruption” (the French translation means literally “sexual confusion”) remains the same, but the tools and methods have evolved. Let’s first review what […]

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