>> Thursday, 25 January 2007
The vine grows a lot of leaves. You have to remove the twigs and leaves that are at the base of the vine. This is the same vine as on the previous picture, after having removed the leaves close to the ground - a lot of manual work. Epemprage, removing the pampres, in French. In English it is called 'desuckering', or simply suckering. I guess those little branches must be the suckers then. A Chenin Blanc vine at Domaine du Clos de l'Epinay, Vovray, Loire, France.