A Glass with Red Wine

A spring’s day in the life of an English vine

Spring, the start of my annual lifecycle. I have been pruned and look all smart for the year ahead, the soil around my roots is beginning to warm up and I’m almost fit to burst. The first signs of green are beginning to emerge between my stem and each leaf stem in the form of tiny shoots.

By the end of this season I will be flowering; small flower clusters will appear on the tips of my young shoots like buttons. It is during this stage of flowering that I pollinate and fertilize, with the resulting product being a grape berry.