Compared to the previous year, this year’s flowers were a little late, but now the vineyards of Bodega Menade are in full bloom. The weather is behaving itself and this year’s cooler temperatures have helped to avoid any late frost and hailstone damage. To date, there have not been any brusque changes of temperature between daytime and night-time.
Ten days ago, we finished the winter pruning and clearing of vegetation. Given the climatic conditions, Marco has preferred to leave more canopy so that the vine’s sap will be able to assimilate all nutrients through its leaves. The yields we hope to achieve will, as usual, be no higher than 7,000 kg per hectare.
This year the vines have been treated twice with milk whey, as well as on one occasion with a mix of valerian (main ingredient), wormwood, wheat and other plants to prevent the attack of mites as well as other reasons.
The contribution of the renovated pollination garden and the moveable trees are starting to bear fruit in the vineyard’s insect population. This has increased by 500%; allowing us to ‘play’ with them to shorten the phenological stage of the vine and to prevent pests.