June 2007:

Flowering began end of may and is finishing these days: we are 3 weeks earlier than in a normal year.

                                      A growing cluster, before flowering.avt_flo.JPG

Then while the flowering stage:


As harvest happens 100 days after flowering, that means that we will pick our first grapes end of august!

With a plant growing so fast, the vertical shoot positioning is our main task: we thread the shoots between wires, to have a nice wall of canopy. Here is André showing the example!