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Grenache Day – Harvesting Grenache in the south of France

You’re thinking to yourself, Ryan only posts aggregated updates these days.  Well, I have long dreamed for the day when I can just sit back and feature the brilliant multimedia buffet of other wine producers in the Languedoc-Roussillon.  And around harvest time, it seems all the blogs, youtubes, flickers, facebooks, twitters, etc. come back to life.  People are posting absolutely amazing content all around the south of France and I am here to bring you my highlights.

And this post will be about Grenache, because today is International Grenache Day, as determined by the Grenache Symposium which Love That Languedoc covered extensively.  This day is devoted to Grenache in all its forms, blanc, gris, noir, whether it be sweet or dry.  It can even call itself Garnacha and walk around wooing the girls with its thick Spanish accent and Mediterranean flair.  It can also sometimes go as Garnatxa, Ґарнача, Cannonau, グルナッシュ, ренаш, and גרנאש.  It’s no surprise that the grape has a name in every language seeing as how it’s the most planted red grape on earth, and it surely would have won “Most likely to succeed” in its high school superlatives.  That is if Grenache weren’t such a cool dude who almost never gets credit for his work.  He stays behind the scenes, making the wine world go round and he is cool with that.

But not today.  People have decided that we are going to make a big deal and throw an International parade for #Grenache.  And hoorah!

It’s harvest time and I’m super busy, but I wanted to assemble some of my favorite Grenache-related posts for you from the Languedoc Roussillon.  Enjoy!  And open a bottle of Grenache!


This is the Grenache coming off the sorting table at Domaine Gayda. Gayda is also the home of Vinécole which had a big Grenache Day bash today.

And here is footage from Vinecole’s actual Grenache Day brut de cuve tasting!  It’s several youtube videos in a play list, so you can watch them all in one go.

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Finding the Grenache Gris at Domaine Jones can be a task in itself.  I think this is one of those vineyards where the gris is planted here and there amidst the grenache noir.

really excited french guy harvesting at mas de l'ecriture

I’m not actually sure if this is a Grenache harvest, but it’s at Mas de l’Ecriture and they definitely do have delicious Grenache.  Judging by the look on this guy’s face, it’s coming in really well this year!



Roadside in the Roussillon. This video from les vignerons de Trémoine is 100% honest, showing some Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris coming in together on the trailer.



A little over edited for my tastes, but I love the effort to bring the whole Domaine Sainte Rose harvest to you in a short video. Although, hold the uninspired indie music please. Thank you.

And here’s a link to more 2010 harvest fun in the South of France. Enjoy a bottle of Grenache with some friends!

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Harvest Time in the South of France 2010

It’s harvest time in most parts of the Languedoc and Roussillon.  Thank you for being so understanding of my on-and-off blogging throughout the harvest and vinification season.  I won’t have enough time to do much traveling or video.  What I can do is show you all the great work on other winemaker blogs in the region!

I’ve decided to round up all the best 2010 harvest blogging from the Languedoc Roussillon.  And there’s a lot to choose from, as you will see!  This is a region full of winemakers who are proud of their work and know how to communicate online even at the busiest time of year.

Click on any photo to be linked directly to the source at the winemaker’s website or social media profile.

Les Caves de Trinques Fougasses have started visiting vineyards like Mas de Mortiès to talk shop about topics like harvest technique:

and more technical stuff like how this year’s concentrated small berry harvest will translate in terms of volume of finished wine.  Smaller fruit means a totally different liquid volume to solid volume ratio and you end up with much less wine per tank.  Also, there are crazy pockets of much more concentrated fruit that have started to dry out and they will be very sweet without much juice at all.

Some fun videos showing process at Mas de l’Ecriture with some very funny music choices:

And one video I took at Virgile Joly’s vineyard when I stayed at his new Vinolodge project which Ill tell you all about later!
Les vendanges sont en cour dans toutes parties du Languedoc Roussillon.  Je vous remerci pour votre patience avec mon absence durant cet periode tres occupée des vendanges.

J’ai pas beaucoup de temps pour faire des voyages ou des videos.  Par contre, je suis ravi de rassembler le travail d’autres vignerons de la région.

Voila le meilleur des Vendanges 2010 sur Internet.

Cliquez sur n’importe quel photo pour retrouver la source sur le site web du vigneron ou son profile reseaux sociaux.

Les Caves de Trinques Fougasses have started visiting vineyards like Mas de Mortiès to talk shop about topics like harvest technique:

and more technical stuff like how this year’s concentrated small berry harvest will translate in terms of volume of finished wine.  Smaller fruit means a totally different liquid volume to solid volume ratio and you end up with much less wine per tank.  Also, there are crazy pockets of much more concentrated fruit that have started to dry out and they will be very sweet without much juice at all.

Some fun videos showing process at Mas de l’Ecriture with some very funny music choices:

And one video I took at Virgile Joly’s vineyard when I stayed at his new Vinolodge project which Ill tell you all about later!

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