We started before first light with the Sauvignon Blanc to catch them in the cool of dawn. Then went on to harvest all our Merlot some of which are destined for Humphrey's famous dark rose.
The grapes go from harvester to trailer, from trailer to pump (left), to press (below) to cuve or wine storage vat
Our press is "en CUMA" - that is we share it with about a dozen other vignerons. Of course we all want it on the days when the grapes are just right and the weather is fine. Bernard, President of the CUMA, decides who gets it when but luckily for us in our CUMA only three of us produce white grapes and red go straight into the tanks and only get pressed after a few weeks
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.