- Author: YVES DARRICAU & LÉA DARRICAU
- Publisher: Le Rouergue
- Language: French
- Release date: 03/2019
- Number of pages: 272
- Dimensions: 24 x 19 cm
- Weight: 674g
- Format: softcover
- ISBN: 9782812617515
The vine has not always been the impeccable monoculture that we know today, this plant led "to the stick", tied, pruned, thinned out. On the contrary, by its very nature of liana, from its birth it was married to the tree to rise towards the light.
The first growers, until the middle of the twentieth century, used to lead the vine in the company of other plants, fruit trees but also economically associated trees, those providing stakes, poles, ties, corks, presses or barrels. These historical companions of the vine, brutally chased away from the horizon by modern practices, are today recalled by climate change and the now well understood need for a biodiversity-rich viticulture. Other plants - nitrogen fixers, auxiliary reservoirs, aromatic contributors - are now added to this agronomic palette.
In a vibrant plea in favor of this plant companionship, Léa and Yves Darricau tell us the story of this vite maritata, as it is so beautifully expressed in Italian, and paint a picture of what our viticultural practices of tomorrow could be, becoming ecologically intensive and finally economical with chemical products. They will give birth to landscapes as highly cultivated as those, engraved in our minds, that the Romans knew how to invent, planting their fruit trees with the vine and adorning it with their Cypress and Umbrella Pines.
Yves Darricau, father of Léa Darricau, is an agricultural engineer, consultant, beekeeper and tree planter. He published Planting Trees for Bees with Éditions du Terran (2018).
Léa Darricau is an agricultural engineer with a degree in enology. She is currently working for Environment projects in viticulture.
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