A Raw Material “The Willow”.

Amongst the “endangered” agricutural traditions we have almost completely lost the the technique of tying vines with willow, which up to ten years ago has been the technique mainly used in the viticulture. The willow provides an appropriate malleable knotting and tying of the vine branches to provide strong support. The willow trees are pollarded in Winter, (this means that all the branches are cut leaving only the trunk in order to get young rods that grow back every year). A lot of patience and attention is put into this work, which is considered by many methodical and not very stimulating. At first sight the technique of tying with willow may appear simple, but during the operation it is essential not to tighten too much or too little, or even worse, not to break the “vencs” this can happen in a moment and at that point it becomes mandatory to start the whole process over again. Amongst the “endangered” agricutural traditions we have almost completely lost the the technique of tying vines with willow, which up to ten years ago has been the technique mainly used in the viticulture. The willow provides an appropriate malleable knotting and tying of the vine branches to provide strong support. The willow trees are pollarded in Winter, (this means that all the branches are cut leaving only the trunk in order to get young rods that grow back every year). A lot of patience and attention is put into this work, which is considered by many methodical and not very stimulating. At first sight the technique of tying with willow may appear simple, but during the operation it is essential not to tighten too much or too little, or even worse, not to break the “vencs” this can happen in a moment and at that point it becomes mandatory to start the whole process over again.