Here's a quick video of todays vineyard activities... Jean dug up the dead or diseased vines and I piled them up to be burned. His backhoe was perfect for the job, it easily pulled out the vines and their roots while making a nice big hole for the new vine to be planted in. Obviously the new vine doesn't need a huge hole, but it's impotant to loosen up the dirt and make sure all of the old roots are gone. The nursury told us to leave the holes open for a week or so, then to gently fill them back in. Come mid-January, they will be ready to welcome the new vines. The mourvèdre vineyard is about an acre, our smallest vineyard, today we pulled out 270 vines, and made 270 holes, can you believe it? I couldn't.