SEA,SUN and................STONES : the BANYULS' VINEYARD!

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Peu de gall,a network of dry stone walls looking like cock's feet,few meters of the 6000 km of Banyuls'stone walls.

                      As its Italian counterpart of Cinqueterre in Liguria,the Banyuls's vineyard is a coastal vineyard  laid out in terraces producing famous wines since antiquity(Phoenicians,Greeks...).Cultivated on slopes of SCHIST stretching from the sea level until near 500 meters high,the vineyard lays mostly on grounds with strong slopes,sometimes more than 45%. The vineyard although perennial,constitutes a weak cover of the ground and the showers sometimes violent in spring and autumn,spark off an important erosion.Nevertheless the vineyard enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year!

                     To fight against the crushing erosion,the building of terraces (feixes) was necessary on a 10 to 20 cm thick ground.

This vintner devotes 10 days each year to fix the stone walls of his vineyard,a real Templars' descendant!
These earth works are more than 800 years old and were first undertaken by the Templars.Now the Banyuls' vineyard consists of more than 6000 KM of  shist stone walls.The terraces themselves are surrounded by channels which link up at their lowest point allowing water to flow and tracing a network that looks like cock's feet named Peu de gall in Catalan.It took time and effort to fortify the dry stone walls of the Banyulenc HANDWORKED vineyards!The vintner seen on one my pics below said to me that he devotes each year height to ten days to fix the dry stone walls of his vineyards:a real Templars' desendant!

 

 

 

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