In place of the wildflowers you'll find the cultivated flowers, most notably the roses. It is common practice to plant a rose bush at the end of each row of grape vines, and those roses are now taking center stage. Some vineyards have planted to a monochrome scheme, while others have favored color variety. Also showing in the vineyards is the beginning of "flowering" (bloom), where the first grape clusters are starting to form. (The individual berries are less than 1mm across at this point.). This week's rain may have been the saving grace for this fourth dry vintage in the valley, providing much needed moisture just as the fruit is starting to develop.
|Roses lining the edge of the vineyard at Saint Clement|