picking

11 Oct
Ambroise emptying 'la hotte'

Ambroise emptying ‘la hotte’

Picking at last.

There’s been stops and starts… and now it’s all GO to get the grapes in.

We’re harvesting three weeks later than previous years, but it’s shaping up to be a pretty good ‘recolte’ … there’s a charged atmosphere and smiles all round.

I’ll fill you in on this harvest over a few posts, but here’s a selection of pics from today, in and out of our village.

(you may note some ‘fx’ in the images – my dear old camera is on the blink so what you see are the results of lumping around with a clunky electronic rectangle)

woke to to the noise of the harvester outside the kitchen window

woke to to the noise of the harvester outside the kitchen window

tent-picking

tent-picking

checking out the noise... a tractor cruising down the driveway

checking out the noise… a tractor cruising down the driveway

picking 1

pick cal1

here comes the sun

cal pick3

empty 2

empty 3

empty 4

cal 7

house on the prairie

pick cal 2Meanwhile, back in the village…

ca 4

chat arnaud

clearing out remains of the ‘pressoir’ (press)

ca 3

the Vigneron having a spray

the Vigneron having a spray

...and the ladies are still out checking the 'raisins'

…and the ladies are still out checking the ‘raisins’

 

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10 Responses to “picking”

  1. Freddie Kaz October 11, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Exellent! I wish you good luck for this very special “5th season of grape-chasing”

  2. Simon Fisher October 11, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Great pics Kat. Look forward to the new vintages 😉

  3. Jill Hoye October 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Aw Kat it looks stunning. Wish I was down there with you. But looking forward to the next vintage coming our way!!

    • The vigneron's wife October 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Thanks Jill! Yes, it has been a beautiful week over here and the conditions have been perfect for picking.
      The wines should be yummy!

  4. Geoffrey October 24, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Kat, Benjamin and Lilas
    Hope the harvest (vendanges) are going well. Nice and sunny down here in Australia.
    HEY !!!.. There is a photo of Benjamin on the cover of the internet site of the Minervois http://www.leminervois.com !

    Best wishes to you all
    Geoffrey

    • The vigneron's wife October 27, 2013 at 1:29 am #

      Thanks Geoff – and welcome to Oz!!!
      Have a great time over there and let’s try and meet… Evonne, are you there?!?
      xoxo

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