Gnarled Old Vine Stocks

‘Les Cornes du Diable’ – Cahors A.O.C.
50 x 31 cm
© adam cope
Fields of gnarled old wine stocks. Archaic. Tormented.
These vine stocks (‘céps’) are pruned (‘La Taille’) in the mediterrean manner, much lower to the ground than the Atlantic manner, which is the widesest spread (‘Taille Guyot’)… This way of pruning is called ‘La Taille Gobelet’. I always felt they looked demonic, like the horns of some, crazed, demented Devil.
Strong early spring sunlight. The white isn’t snow but white chalk. In the Cahors Apellation the vines sometimes grow out almost pure rock.

‘Vignoble dans le Quercy Blanc’
30 x 40 cm
Oil on Panel
© adam cope

2 Comments on “Gnarled Old Vine Stocks

  1.  by  loriann

    That’s pretty wild how the chalk looks like snow. Your watercolor has an other worldly feel.

  2.  by  Adam Cope

    I’ve always loved chalk landscapes. Lunar? Otheworldly?

    In this wc, I really wasn’t intetrsted in doing all that depicting detial to create an illusion of the ‘real wrld’ but wanted to express directly my personal vision.