The Mimosa, a Touch of Colour on our Vineyard

Provence is known for its exceptional wines and breathtaking landscapes. But did you know that our region is also home to a beautiful, fragrant plant? The mimosa, a plant native to Australia, grows on our vineyard and brings a touch of lively colour and subtle fragrance.

The mimosa grows mainly in subtropical and warm zones, but it has managed to adapt to the climatic conditions of our region. Its bright yellow flowers appear in February, and you can spot them everywhere! They are the very first sign of spring. Mimosa branches are often used in flower arrangements, and all around the coastline there are festivals and markets dedicated to this sunny plant. They’re a perfect example of how nature can beautify our environment and add a touch of magic to our daily lives!

Besides being an aesthetic addition to our winery, the mimosa attracts plenty of bees, and has medicinal properties. The essential oils extracted from mimosa flowers are also used in aromatherapy to help reduce stress and anxiety.

February was not only the month of the mimosa blooming but also the month of pruning the vines. Pruning is an important step in the life of a vineyard. It consists of cutting a vine’s branches in order to promote the growth of grapes. Pruning here on Domaine Mirabeau is done in two steps.

Step one is to remove dead wood and unnecessary branches. At the same time, we choose the branches that will serve as the basis for the next harvest. These branches are called ‘weeders’ and are not pruned immediately. The reason for that is, in our region of the Plaine des Maures, we sometimes have frost until the end of March, which can damage the buds that start to form on pruned branches. These buds are important because they will produce the shoots and fruit for the next growing season.

The second step, pruning of the weeders, takes place at the beginning of April.

Finally, we can report that all the Domaine animals are doing well – and, like us, are looking forward to the start of spring!

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