Friday, 13 November 2009

Red vine leaves

Although the sun wasn’t shining today and the sky was grey, the leaves in this vineyard near Chateau de Cassan on our way to Roujan were a wonderful deep, purplish-red colour which looked beautiful against the olive trees. I think these vines are Grenache (Garnacha in Spanish, Garnatxa in Catalan).

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DSC00053 In the photos above, between the rows of vines, you can see the white flowers of the false rocket which is sown in the vineyards and then ploughed in as a green manure. It self-seeds everywhere, including in our garden, and you can eat it. It tastes just like rocket but with a slightly coarser leaf.

5 comments:

our friend Ben said...

Stunning!!! What a lovely time to be there instead of freezing here...

impoftheyard said...

These look lovely - a beautiful, rich red. The false rocket sounds good too.

Michelle said...

I imagine the false rocket flowers also attract a host of beneficial insects as well. What a lovely scene. Thanks for sharing!

sleepyduck said...

Those vines look great :-)

Michelle said...

I just love vineyards in the fall.