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2011 Harvest updates from around the Languedoc

I’m really stunned at the quality and quantity of harvest updates coming from Languedoc Roussillon winemakers in 2011.  We’ve come a long way and I can definitely feel the virtual groundswell.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite harvest updates in the region.

Favorite Harvest Updates

The Outsiders Facebook Page

I’m a member of this group of winemakers “from elsewhere”. Louise Hurren is curating the page very well with lots of fun updates from winemakers who don’t always have the time to post their own photos and messages during harvest.

 

Mas de l’Ecriture

The Fulla clan was doing awesome updates last year too. But this year’s harvest albums, I love how many photos focus on the harvesting team having a silly good time while they make their excellent wine.

eating grapes during harvest at mas de l'ecriture

Trinque Fougasse

This caviste in Montpellier goes around with his camera all the time and he doesn’t stop at harvest.  Lots of fun updates from some of the wineries represented in his shop and venue.


 

5000 Vines, Le Couvent Roujan

Ali gives Eileen a lesson in pigeageThe 5000 vines blog did an awesome six part day by day catalog of their harvest with lots of photos of everybody working together to bring in their ripe grapes.  They also did some video and even one audio clip of the bubbling sounds of a live fermentation! Very well done!

All of these are really swell collections of updates and deserve some attention!

If you find other updaters please let me know about them so I can follow along and add them eventually.

These updates are extremely important because they help communicate exactly how active and alive the winemaking community is in the Languedoc Roussillon.  It’s wonderful that some people are pushing so hard to get our lives out to the rest of the world!

Good work everybody!

 

Full Frontal Grapes!

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dog smelling merlot grapes

grenache fermenting5000 vines fermentation

 Other Languedoc-Roussillon harvest updates

Hervé Bizeul talks about double rainbows and ennui.

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Something in Swedish at Domaine de la Rabidote!

At O’Vineyards, I wax poetic about the whole country of France’s harvests.

A text based update from Domaine Guizard. Give him a break, it’s hard to take pictures when you’re covered in raisins.

Harvest update from Pech Celeyran.

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Girls and Boys split the winemaking duties at Pech d’Andre

Jus alicante

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Harvest starting in the Languedoc

It’s hard for normal people to understand what harvest means to a winemaker.  It’s an intense moment (a moment that can last a month) in which a whole year of hard labor takes substance.  So much can happen in so few days.  And since I’m in a slightly later-harvesting portion of the region, I always get to watch the signs of harvest at my neighbors’ before things really take off at O’Vineyards.

Seeing the turned over fruit crates and empty buckets gets me all worked up.

harvest prep at couvent roujan photo: 5000vines

As early as 2 weeks ago, I was getting reports about precocious harvests in some parts of the Roussillon and Limoux. Now, we’re getting to the bulk of harvest season.  Even though I won’t be harvesting until mid September, I can still share all the Languedoc buzz that’s going down today.

 

Domaine d’Aupilhac, Montpeyroux


Grenache Blanc and Marsanne coming in by hand at the Domaine d’Aupilhac. Video by intrepid caviste and videographer, Trinque Fougasse.

Pech d’André, Minervois

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Some Clairette at Pech d’André.

Le Couvent, Roujan

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Bringing in Grenache in the foothills of the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc.

Château Pech-Céleyran, La Clape

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Harvesting Sauvginon Blanc in Côtes de Pérignan (think La Clape)

 

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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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