Bernard TOUTON (44 year old) – Member since 1962 – Administrator since 2001

«I am a member of the cave des Hauts de Montrouge since I started my activity in 1985. I run a vineyard of 52 ha located on 4 villages: Nogaro, Arblade le Hauts, Urgosse and Sainte Christie d’Armagnac in the heart of the BAS ARMAGNAC AOC.»

Such a vineyard requires a very demanding personal investment during 9 months. Allow me to detail all those steps in few words.

The cut starts in late November when the vine has lost its last leaves, taken away by the first winter storms. This work takes between 30 and 40 hours of hard working. That’s the moment when one must choose the branch to be kept for next year and cut all the other ones. This work has to be finished before March.

In April, it is time to take care of the picket fence by changing some posts or broken wires. It is also the moment when we work our soils with weeding and treatments.

In May, the young branches can grow by 25 cm in a day! One has to be present to bring them upward and correctly held to the wire of the fence. May is also a delicate time when one has to keep an eye on the vine to be ready to fight against insects and worms that may attack the plants or cryptogamic disease such as oïdium or mildiou.

July requires less work and only some efforts to turn the soil.

End of August, early September, last days before harvest, the vine grower looks at the sky and fears hail storms but expect a little water to have lovely fruits.

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