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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 14:03

Planting Rights and Wrongs!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Planting Rights and Wrongs! In our veg patch we plant tomatoes and chillis, and in our orchard we have peaches and figs.  We don’t have to ask permission to plant, nor pay for the privilege.  Transferring this to a larger scale, you would have thought that owning a wine Domaine with viticultural land meant that you could plant whatever vines you wanted on it, whenever you wanted?  In the new world wine producing countries, you would be right.  But in France this is your first planting wrong!  In order to have the privilege of planting vines in your vineyards, you…
Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:26

Planting Chardonnay 2012!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Minus 4 and Planting Chardonnay! On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, the planting team arrives at Sainte Rose, ready to plant 4 hectares of Chardonnay.  It is the coldest day of the winter so far, at minus 4 degrees Centigrade and no one looks very enthusiastic!  The sun is out however and once moving, the team makes excellent progress using their GPS-guided tractor to plant perfectly straight rows of young vines.  Happily it has not been cold enough over a sufficiently long period of time to freeze the soil.  The planting machine is also capable of giving the young plant…
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 13:09

Vinisud February 2012!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Vinsud 2012! Show Time! Every two years, the eyes of the wine industry turn to the Languedoc for the Vinisud wine show (dates are 20-22 February 2012).  This growing event is a fixed piece in the Sainte Rose diary and this year you will find us conveniently located (very close to the main entrance!) in Hall 1 on stand A8, which is in the IGP Cotes de Thongue producers’ area.  We are excited that we will be able to show a few wines from the very latest vintage at this event, with Le Marin Blanc  2011 and our 2011 Coquille…
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