Jamie Goode heads to Québec, in Canada. Here, winegrowers face significant challenges if they are to grow Vitis vinifera varieties, with perhaps the biggest being the very cold winters. At biodynamic pioneer Les Pervenches, who make some of the province’s most sought-after wines, Michael Marler demonstrates their innovative viticultural approach.
In order to survive the winter, the Scott-Henry-trained Chardonnay vines have to be pruned, and then the vine has to be laid down, to cover it with a special fabric (these are known as Geotextiles). Mike also uses some straw under the geotextiles which helps prevent the trunk from cracking.
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