A few days warmer weather, is bringing the Gevrey vineyards back to life after their winter hibernation. By September, this tiny shoot will be heavy with grapes, ready for another harvest. The quality of the grapes, depends on the health of the vine, which in turn depends on the work and care of the vigneron. Seeing horses ploughing in the vines is more and more common. Apart from being an attractive sight, it has a purpose. The horses do not compact the soils the way the weight of a tractor does, which allows oxygen to permeate around the vine roots. The oxygen aids the decomposition of inert matter, creating nutrients which naturally feed the vines. Healthy vines produce healthy fruit, without the need for synthetic chemical treatments.