Snowy weather in Chicago reminds us of how important a good solid winter is for vines all over the world. We hear again and again from producers that without a break, the incredible engine that is a vine can not produce the sort of fruit that it is capable of without a long winter’s nap. The cold, with or without snow, triggers dormancy.
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Pictured here are :
Sangiovese vines seen from the cellar at Cosimo Maria Masini in San Miniato on February 12th, 2013.
Gamay vines in the town of Jarnioux in Beaujolais, home of Chateau de Boisfranc in January, 2013.
Melon de Bourgogne in the Fief de Briel Vineyard at Domaine Landron in Muscadet, winter 2012.
Petit Verdot vines at Yorkvillle Cellars in Mendocino’s Yorkville Highlands. (Date not clear)
Spätburgunder in the Frauenberg vineyard at Weingut Keller, where Klaus Peter Keller has vines that are all clonal material from a favorite spot in Burgundy.