In the last period, the climatic progression has been very difficult inasumuch as it has rained often. Light rains and then sunshine but also more consistent rains with rainfall of 40 millimeters.
The minimum temperatures of yesterday and today have fallen from 15° C. to 10° C.
The abbundant rain makes the grass grow, besides the vines. And the work in the vineyards has to continue at a fast pace to keep up. Moreover, the continuous rains force us to make treatments against the fungal disease peronospora more frequently.
As we have been visiting the vineyards to monitor them, this year again there is the presence of the wild orchids in the vineyards and on the escarpments. This is a demmonstration of a healthy environment with a presence of biodiversity.
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Earlier this week, we have begun making the first treatments against the fungal diseases Peronospora and Oidium. The seasonal progression of the last few weeks with rain and temperatures above the average has created the preconditions for the development of these adversities. If they are not cured preventively, they will provoke grave damages to the grapes.
In order to reduce the plant protection products to combat these adversities, our winery for years has been using small doses of copper oxychloride and micronised sulphur which have the great advantage of having a limited impact on the environment.
As you can see this photo, taken last week, the sun and the warm temperatures not only caused the shoots of the vines to grow but also the weeds in the vineyard. Among the newly planted vines, we have worked the earth between one vine and the other with machines and then we have finished the work utilizing the hoe.
As soon as the weather turned fair again, the vegetation of the vines has exploded and we have a development of the shoots that normally is at the beginning of May. In the first days of the next week, we will began the treatments using copper oxychloride and sulfur.
The field bean has blossomed and that means it is time for
green manure (silly ploughing). We have tilled it under in order to deliver to
the soil the organic substance and nitrogen that has been accumulated in the
roots. We have cut the field bean beforehand preventively in order to till it