Why do we consider the bud like a seed?
Because it contains in its cotton the protection of the apical bud (Apex), the first leaves of this bud but also the bunches. He is the genetic representative of the vine as a seed for his descendants.
But as in a seed, a healthy bud is healthy from all diseases. It is in its outer envelope that the diseases can be contained (mildew, powdery mildew, etc.), and that is why, at budbreak, we watch it like a baby taking these first steps.
Like a seed, the first phase of its growth is linked to the verticality and the search for structuring of its main axis to feed later the inflorescence then the fruit. Thus, help it to have a vertical and rigid structure and the best way for us, winemakers, to guarantee a healthy and quality production. But also and above all to guarantee continuity for the following years.
The bud is a seed, which transmits from one year to another its genes and its culture of the Earth. We must keep this seed as our own offspring.
Like all vinegrowers, I need to maintain natural grass cover to a forage grassland state. Some of them already open their vineyard on pasture thanks to local shepherds.
Here, on my land cultivated in Biodynamic agriculture, I want to go further and develop my own flok of sheep to be able to preserve this breed, the "Caussenarde Garrigues" which is endangered (1200 heads and 7 breeders). It is a race adapted to the Mediterranean climate, hot and dry in the summer.
The advantage of grazing is positive in ecological terms (no petrol or equipment), it is the selection of a quality flora by the assimilation of the ruminant, the production of a quality manure and completely integrated. But also, by trampling, burying the seeds to facilitate the seeding of the biodiversity arrived in flower.
Once again, the goal is to get closer to autonomy, which is also one of the bases of biodynamics, to create an autonomous space of life and development of a local ecosystem.