At this time of year Philippe’s vines are usually heavily laden with bunches of grapes, ripening in the August sunshine ready for next month’s vendage. This year, although the vines are looking verdant and lush, there are no grapes. The peach trees in the background are bare of fruit too. This is all due to the cruel frost we had in the Spring; the local vineyards were badly hit.
Our dessert grapes on the barn wall were protected from the frost and I am hoping we will have some grapes for the girls when they arrive next month.