This year, Santa came a bit earlier as I received yesterday my first rights (51 acres - 1,3 acres) to plant. It still seems a bit surreal for me to think that I am going to farm grapes in Bandol but the reality is that this should actually happen, sometimes...
Sometimes because before planting vineyards and considering that you have the rights for, there are other obstacles to climb. First, I need to make sure I can buy on time those baby vines. Most of the good nurseries actually work with one year order as they customize the rootstock on your soil and your farming methods. As far as I am concerned, I need quite resisting rootstock since I will totally dryfarming our vines. Moreover, I plan to plant quite dense in order to create "competition" with vines around and oblige their roots to plunge down as deep as they can.
I therefore had anticipated this and already reserved some baby vines last September but at this point, I am not sure I will be able to get the rights plants.
Also, planting vines need to be done on a soil that is ready for this. The parcel that is supposed to be welcoming the new vines is quite ready I did not have to remove any trees but I would like to farm some crop before I plant, in order to amend naturally the soil with natural organic nutriments. The problem is that we are in the middle of winter and that, the deadline to plant is May. I now need to find the right crop (that I could seed in February and harvest in April), having in mind my soil analysis... If you have any inputs, they will be welcome.
A la prochaine...