I am clearly a failure as a grape vine owner. I'm not surprised. We have a row of white table grapes growing along one side of the potager. They are almost certainly a variety called Chasselas, as this seems to be the only variety one can buy in the garden centres.
When we bought the orchard we were assured that the grapes were particularly good, but last year we didn't get any white ones because the vines were badly affected by the dry summer. This year I thought we weren't going to get any either, because of the late frost, but recently I noticed several small bunches.
I did dutifully prune the grapes in the winter, as instructed by our orchard neighbour, but after that I've more or less ignored them. This is clearly not good enough, because in late August he came over and fettled them so they don't trail on the ground, and more sun can get in to ripen what grapes there are. One bunch, with pea sized fruit, is already ripe and proved to be (surprise, surprise) full of pips, but very sweet.
Our neighbour also inspected our young walnut trees and clipped off growth below the grafts and staked one he thought was still a bit wimbly wombly. This poor young tree is having a hard time, and I thought it had died in the spring, as it didn't burst into leaf until June.
"Preuilly, which has retained numerous interesting old houses and the former abbey church beneath the ruins of its fortress, rises in terraces on the north bank of the Claise amid woodland, green meadows and vineyards."I'm afraid it must have been some time since the Michelin people visited. There are no commercial vineyards now in Preuilly, although a number of people maintain small private parcels of vines (and I mean small - a few rows here and there, often in the middle of nowhere). The grapes may have gone, but there is currently a great interest in truffle oak plantations, and it is these that now grace the slopes on the outskirts of Preuilly.