Spring in the vineyard
Spring is here and although the vines are not yet budding, there are plenty of flowers blooming amongst the vines. The most prevalent wild flower is the white ‘false rocket’ or diplotaxis erucoides. It can grow so thick that it looks more like snow in the vineyards and its peppery scent is pungent. At Domaine La Tasque, we leave the flowers to grow until the vines start to leaf before ploughing them back into the soil. They provide compost and bulk for the soil and don’t compete with the vine for water and nutrients during budbreak and flowering.