The cycle of life begins again in the vineyards as olive growers face a mounting crisis

pruning vineyards puglia 1“Signs of life as the vineyard reawakens,” writes winemaker Gianni Cantele on his Facebook earlier today.

“Pruning gives new vigor to the vines for a vintage that we hope will be high in quality.”

“I’m dedicating this images to all my friends who are olive growers. They are facing a true tragedy. And although they are surrounded by many who love and support them, they are also surrounded by the cowardice and the senselessness.”

He’s referring to the Pierce’s Disease crisis in Puglia, which is threatening thousands of olive trees.

As we reported a few weeks ago, the Italian government has been slow to act to combat this growing threat.

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