Spring 2023: more than 20 ha of vines planted in Normandy

The development of viticulture within our region is becoming a reality.

The 20 ha planted in the spring are added to the already established wine farms, to reach more than 80 ha in total.

The Vignerons de Normandie association presents these new areas to you, department by department (map of locations in the region available here)

CALVADOS

->> Domaine des Déserts – Sébastien FRICKER – 14100 MAROLLES

Domaine des Déserts planted its first 4.5 hectares in the first week of April 2023. 

Four grape varieties have been established in the Normandy landscape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin and Chardonnay. 

Facing due south on a clay-limestone terroir, the weather conditions were ideal for planting.

Nearly 20,000 plants were planted in 2.5 days. 

90% of all planted very well, except at the bottom of the hillside where the soil was more compact due to the rains which passed between tillage and planting. 

a month and a half after planting, we observed an output of almost 100% (around 50 unstarted plants). Growth is slow due to the rain that fell (95.7mm) with an average temperature of 10.7*C. 

The estate is entirely in Organic Agriculture, Certipaq certified. We have a lot of work to do on floor maintenance: 3rd pass in 2 months. 

EURE

–>> Domaine LEPRINCE – Axelle and Olivier PIEDNOEL – 27320 BOURG-ACHARD

Axelle and Olivier PIEDNOEL have already planted 1.6 ha in 2021. Based on this experience, Axelle Piednoel tells us about the extension of this plantation carried out in April

“We planted an additional plot of 0.5 ha over the Easter weekend under beautiful sunshine, which was followed by good rain allowing us to water the young plants properly, unlike last year when we had experienced a period of drought from the planting, which forced us to water. »

“We planted 2,500 vines of Sauvignac and Soreli, 2 grape varieties that we had already planted on the first plot and of which we wanted to supplement the quantities. These are also resistant white grape varieties. »

“This second planting went more smoothly than the first, because we had less surface area (1.5 ha last year), but also we had experience in organizing this project and anticipated more tasks before receiving the plants (tracing of rows and markings, preparation of sleeves and stakes, etc.).

The weather conditions were milder during wire row marking (no wind!), so it seems straighter this year! And the layout of the plot was easier (a rectangle) than last year when it was necessary to adapt and correct the planned plan once the plants were received.

The plants were delivered on Wednesday and Thursday (2 different suppliers) for planting on Saturday, which allowed us to prune the roots and immerse them beforehand.

Then they were planted manually with an auger and dibbler, sleeved and watered, all in 2 days.

This year, however, we opted for thicker steel stakes than those of the first plot, because I encountered problems with deformation and lack of resistance, particularly with the passage of the machine. When we no longer have a use for them, these tutors will be recycled.

The trellising will probably be installed at the end of the year (high acacia trellising). »

–>> Adelaide PARRET – 27129 CAORCHES ST NICOLAS

Like Axelle Piednoël (see above) and many others, Adélaïde chose “a hybrid grape variety, more suited to the climatic conditions in Normandy, Floréal”.

 » We planted 5,200 plants. This winter, we started by fencing the plot, it was essential, we are on the edge of the forest, there are many wild boars and deer. In the previous weeks, it rained a lot which made it easier to work the soil” indicates Adélaïde

After a cover sown in the plot since the fall, the ground was prepared with a modified harrow, from which tines were removed to work only on the row.

Adelaide called on a service provider for manual planting (a team of 6 people) assisted by 3 “logistics” for the distribution of the plants. “We were lucky to have the sun with us that day! » sighs Adelaide.

In the days that followed, a family team was able to complete the planting by installing stakes and sleeves. The rain came in abundance the following weeks…. “A month after planting, we have beautiful leaves coming out! » rejoices our new winegrower.

–>> Franck LANCTUIT – 27450 ST GREGOIRE DU VIEVRE

Franck initiated a new plantation, in the heart of the Risle valley

On an area of 10 acres, 500 Floréal plants were planted on April 30 in the small town of St Grégoire du Vièvre.

Like Domaine Leprince (article above), Franck opted for 1 “hybrid” grape variety, from research centers. It is very resistant to cryptogamic diseases, such as Powdery mildew and Downy mildew, and is very popular in new wine-growing regions, particularly in Brittany and Normandy.

–>> Vieux Rouen Vineyard – Xavier Gandon – 27430 ST PIERRE DU VAUVRAY

In a magnificent cirque wedged between Eure and Seine, facing south, the Vieux Rouen vineyard was awaiting its first vines, and it is now done with the planting of 2ha in April.

“The choice fell on my favorite grape variety, Chenin, because I come from the Angevin region. For the 2nd choice, I chose a grape variety which was attested in the 19th century in the Eure valley: Pinot Meunier” indicates Xavier

After having fenced the plot for more than 1km to limit intrusions of game from neighboring forests, the land had been prepared since the summer of 2022 with subsoiling then a planting of winter oats. “This made it possible to take over weeds and structure the soil. Once "lying", this oat will serve as nitrogen fertilizer for the 10,000 newly planted plants.

The vineyard's objective is to plant an additional 2ha in 2024, and to market the first bottles in 2026.

SEINE-MARITIME

–>> Agathe CHAUSSAY – 76880 OUVILLE LA RIVIERE

“Family land is a place full of history and memories for many families. For mine, it's a place where I decided to plant a vine.
On an area of 10 acres, I planted 600 vine plants. The planting took place on April 7 and 8, 2023, with a team of 5 people made up of family members and close friends. Planting was done manually. The soil is clay-silty (hard land to work) with flint. Manual planting was long and difficult, 600 plants = 600 holes to make by hand using a crowbar! The climatic conditions (rain and wind) did not facilitate planting. » says Agathe Chaussay

Agathe has chosen to plant new so-called hybrid varieties (more resistant to diseases). The choice fell on 300 Artaban plants and 300 Vidoc plants. Each plant was watered with 10 liters of water to facilitate recovery, then placed in protective tubes to protect them from bad weather and animals. The trellising is planned with acacia stakes and chestnut stakes.

Despite poor weather conditions during planting, the alternation of sun and rain was beneficial to the growth of the vine, it gave the first buds 15 days later.
Agathe hopes to be able to harvest the first grapes within 3 to 4 years.