sweet berry picking

4 Sep
Lilas and her pickings ...not quite the ripe grapes papa is hoping for, but they taste just as good

Lilas and her pickings …not quite the ripe grapes papa is hoping for, but they taste just as good

A little mini update from the vineyards…

‘Les Vendanges’ (harvest) will begin remarkably late for us this year, with picking beginning as late as one week from now.  Yes we’re enjoying beautiful sunny days in these first few days of September, but the grapes are having a hard time ripening due to 2013’s fairly cool Spring and late Summer.   Waiting waiting waiting.  Benji’s getting those annual, pre-mens vendanges nerves and I’m keeping food on the table…

But even if the grapes aren’t all sweet and ripe for the picking, there is some ripe fruit to be had…  After an evening’s inspection of the vignes (vines), we’ve been tucking into the wild mures (blackberries) out the back!… 

grape walk3

grape walk 2

grape walk

berry picking season

berry picking season 2

And hey Dad, Happy Birthday!!….

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9 Responses to “sweet berry picking”

  1. Bill mcculloch September 5, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Was worrying about the lack of activity . Thought they’d forgotten about vendanges . Hope all goes well once you start . Bill

  2. Marilyne September 5, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    ah September the most glorious time in the Minervois !!
    The harvest was such a fantastic time (and bloody hard work too). Memories about my family worrying about the rain. And me as a kid so secretly happy about the raindrops I could hear on the roof at 5 am because it meant no harvest that day :).
    Enjoy. And I hope everything goes well, may the weather gods be with you!

    • The vigneron's wife September 14, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      Thanks a lot Marilyne. It sounds like you know the harvest feeling very well! Do you still have vines in the family?
      I remember praying for rain too one year (and feeling very guilty about it because of the Boss) after picking for 30 days straight.

      • Marilyne October 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

        Yes, my father still has some vines in Pouzols and my brother and his girlfriend run a Domaine in Laure… Been ages since I have not been around during harvest time though…

      • The vigneron's wife October 11, 2013 at 2:23 am #

        Your family is so close Marilyne! I love the wine from the cave co-op in Pouzols… and we have a great friend working for a domain in Laure. Small world of wine!

  3. Mabel September 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I wish I was there for the wild blackberry picking !!

  4. Jill Hoye September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Good luck to you both…I cannot wait to try the latest vintages in due course xx

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