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Dotted about in the countryside you would often come across a few rows of grape vines. These belonged to the local farmer and would supply him with enough grapes to produce sufficient wine for his own consumption.IMG_8619

Gradually over the years I have seen these small local vines fall into decline and then be grubbed out and disappear.

It is inevitable, but I still think it is a shame. When you can buy a cheap bottle of wine from the supermarket for under 2 euros, one can understand that the local farmer is not going to go to all the trouble of pruning, spraying, harvesting brewing and then bottling a wine that will be of dubious quality.

How many more years before this is another aspect of rural France that is gone forever? The vines in the photo were removed in the winter of 2014/15.