The Start of the Agricultural year

Pruning is underway, albeit slowly due to the wet weather. Where we can, we are doing  mechanical pre-pruning prior to hand pruning each vine. It is rather like a clipper cut before a scissor cut and the Alicante Bouschet now looks like it has had a short back and sides after all the previous year’s growth. The wet winter seems to be compensating for last year’s severe drought. Our well has filled up, the barragem is nearly full and the huge Montargil dam was half empty in October is now full again.