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Spring awakening


The grape vine, and those who have one in their garden will know, is by nature a creeper and loves to spread its leaves and tendrils wherever it can. Out in the vineyard it’s a very different story; in the depths of winter, it’s the wine makers job to prune and stunt growth, thus reducing yields yet improving the quality and intensity of the grapes.

Once winter has loosened its grip (and hopefully been kind by not laying down heavy frosts) the vine uses the last of its stored carbohydrates for this Springtime push – hints of green start to emerge and tiny buds explode to reveal beautiful miniature grape leaves. This bud-burst hails the start of the season, and while workers rush back into the vineyards, all the leaves need to do is look up and soak in the sunshine!