To Antwerp for the weekend to promote Pedra Basta together with our new Belgian distributor, Kris Jeuris of Wijnhuisjeuris. I saw rather more of Antwerp than I expected as I tore a muscle in my leg whilst going through a run through the city this morning. Hobbling slowly back to the hotel through the deserted narrow streets of the city centre I was able to take in the architecture; traditional Flemish houses interspersed with some contrasting and captivating modern buildings.
My Vineyard Blog March 2010
Relentless rain, but fortunately it is still abnormally cold (5oC this morning) so vegetative growth is limited. My worry is that we will go straight from winter to summer and that weeds will explode into life. I want to reduce our use of herbicides this year by mowing in between the rows but unfortunately we still have too much stone lying in the vineyard (Pedra Basta!). At the moment the ground is just too waterlogged for any machinery to venture out into the vineyard. So we just sit and wait for the rain to stop.
It has taken nearly two months to prune the vineyard this year. The weather has been so wet that our team of eight pruners have not been able to get into the vineyard for days, sometimes a week at a time. The rain has been relentless since early December. Streams are full to overflowing, and the barragem on the Quinta is overflowing. There is water standing in the vineyard where I have never seen it before – everything is saturated.