Allez, les jolis tracteurs!

15 Sep
getting ready for harvest

getting ready for harvest

They’re off and running!

Everywhere you look in our village there are all sorts of machines and tractors bringing the grapes in.  The weather’s holding up and La Liviniere is in a flurry of activity.

While La Liviniere’s reputation as a quality wine producer is still on the ascent, the region isn’t  new to wine production by any means – the Romans planted vines here over two thousand years ago.   The original name of the village was ‘Cella Vinaria’, indicationg wine in its title, becoming ‘Livineira’ in 1069 and then ‘La Liviniere’ in 1688.

In 1999 the area was awarded as an ‘A.O.C’ title (appellation origine controlee) – A.O.C. Minervois-La Liviniere.   The main varieties of grapes cultivated here are Syrah, Mourvèdre et Grenache (representing about 60%) and you also find wines comprised of Carignan (I love this variety!), Cinsault (Benji’s rose made of this is delicious), Terret, Piquepoul et Aspiran.

Victoire a Bacchus

“Victoire a Bacchus” – I spotted this in the village for the first time only yesterday! A rather timely find…

On ya va!! let’s go…

'la vigne' image alain gree

‘la vigne’ image – alain gree

renault tractor

Renault tractor

dog and his tractor

dog and his tractor

machine harvester

coming home for lunch

tractor in the village 2

break time

not quite your usual load during harvest

not quite grapes in that one…

storming the vllage for grapes!

On my morning walk I had to make way for this harvester.  An impressive sight up close!

tractor la liviniere 3

ready to go in the morning, just opposite Lilas’ school

this one was raring to get out of its cage

This little guy was raring to get out of his cage! I saw him locked up behind some gates looking very sorry for himself while all the others were letting loose.

Massey Ferguson

Massey Ferguson

old blue tractor

now I’ve got to say that this one isn’t in our village, but I love it!

green and red tractor

la liv tracteur

la liv tracteur 2

from Alain Gree's  'La Ferme'; Editions Casterman, 1965 - 'la grande aventure de la vigne' alain gree

Inside Lilas’ book… even the kiddies have stories of the harvest and wine production in their picture books!  Thought this was a good addition to the post!

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