The year 2022, with its early start for plants, skimpy amounts of rainfall and long period of hot weather, was a reflection of recent years and probably of those to come. The climatic conditions were trying for all living things (plants as well as animals, including us)! Thankfully, once again, the vines proved their resilience […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As life today becomes increasingly complex, we are all looking to simplify choices, whether at home, at work or even in our free time. We all want to believe that in response to the onslaught of information and the growing number of decisions to be made, a standardized and systematic approach is a factor of […]
The terroir of the Costières de Nîmes is sedimentary, a “layer cake”. Huge variability of the contents of this “millefeuille” exists, not only from one zone to another, not only between vineyards, but sometimes even from one vine to another. To simplify the overall pattern, today we see two broad geological types in our vineyards, each one with significant nuances.
Driven by a desire to do better, each year Eudes and I think about aspects of our craft that we can improve. This year we met Roman Mirc, a young consultant specializing in vine training and pruning. Competent, passionate and full of a farmer’s common sense, he quickly opened our eyes on the improvements we […]
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