Numerous “Baco noir” vines, leaning against a fence, produced
for Mr. Robert Prévost between 300 and 400 bottles of red wine depending on whether it was a
good or bad year. It is interesting to note that in the midst of the flowers in his garden
one could also find fishing vine. This fruit tree, very sensitive to powdery mildew, is
often planted in vineyards, because it warns the winegrower of an immenent attack of mildew
on the bunches of grapes. An amateur’s vineyard, certainly, but with the know-how of professional winegrowers.
Paul Pont, father-in-law of Robert Prévost and former town councilman, already used the wine-press
pictured above, installed under the house. He had purchased it in Vernon, during the period
when viticulture was still in its heyday in Giverny. A rustic installation, a harsh
variety of grape, but surely a great pleasure to produce his wine as in the past.