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Vine Cycle

The Vine Cycle

Champagne is a product of the land, its essence depends above all on the vine. Respecting the harmony of nature, Ruinart treats the fruit it provides with delicacy


When spring arrives and the soil temperature reaches about 10°C, the vine comes out of its winter rest. The sap travels towards the upper parts of the vine and a phenomenon called "the weeping of the vine" occurs. It indicates the start of a new vegetative cycle. A few weeks later, the buds open and the first leaves appear. One month and a half later, the winegrowers manually disbud the vines to remove any excess buds or branches


The vine will continue to develop while the still green and hard berries will acquire their final colour, a dark red for the red varieties - and a light green and translucent appearance for the white varieties. The berry continues to accumulate sugar as its acidity decreases. When the concentration of sugars has reached its peak and aromatic maturity is confirmed, the harvest can begin.

The rest of the vineyard November - March

Once the harvest is over, with the arrival of autumn, the vine gradually enters a dormant phase. As for the other plants, the leaves will lose their green color then fall. The sap, accumulated in the trunk and the shoots, will go down to the roots and constitute reserves which will be used to resume the activity of the vine in spring. In the vineyards, the fall of the leaves also marks the beginning of the pruning which will last until March. This manual operation will prepare the vine for the next season, promoting the vigor of the plant, the distribution of its foliage and especially the growth of its most fruit-bearing parts.