Time to head back to the UK for 3 weeks or so. Time to reflect on all that has happened since the dark, cold days of January. It has been wonderful to witness changes in seasons from almond blossom to irises to poppies to full bloom of flowers, fruits and, of course, vines. From the pruned sticks of January to the lush, verdant vines of June. Changes everywhere.
Let’s start in my favourite vineyard, Rome with photos from various months showing the gobelet vines I call the centurions in deference to their stature and location.
La Garrigue, a vineyard of Syrah and Grenache as well as white varieties is one I have watched closely as it was where I watched Carole and Jeff prune in January. Read this collage left to right on both rows before the full growth in the centre.
So what has changed in the grapes?
left – bourgeons / buds with their cottony covering and green specks of leaf
2nd from left – Etaillage and grappes / first leaves with the formation of future bunches
3rd from left – grappes / buds form in bunches
right – the bunches separate
right – fleuraison with capuchons / the flowering of the grapes with little brown hoods
middle – fleuraison complete flowering bunch
left – boutons / the grapes begin to form
The grapes are starting to form their seeds which will gradually harden (nouaison). When I return here in July the black grapes will start to change colour (véraison). Can’t wait to see it.