In the foreground is a stem clean of shoots below the vine head. At this time of year the main job is to remove all the shoots lower down. back breaking on these young Semillon. Maybe we will soon develop the characteristic bent over back of the older peasants. Maybe a new career modelling for road signs!
Wild orchids are all around the vineyard now, in the vine rows and beside the track.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.