Micaela and Sue running #Loire Wine Tours & Vineyard Maison d'Hotes. Our love of Art, Wine & Jazz lead us to this beautiful place in the vines. Come follow...
Anyone know if these mushrooms are edible? They look tasty...#foraging
...and in between there are some good bunches. So selection is critical which is not something a machine harvester does as it shakes all the grapes off the vine whatever the condition.
Some of those that survived have suffered from rot (pourriture) from the little rain we had a couple of weeks ago
...This is what happened to grapes over exposed to the sun & lack of rain since June - dried out!
Marc du raisin - pressed grape flesh, skins & pips, distillation of which produces eau-de-vie
State of the Art Bucher Presses being cleaned down at Langlois Chateau yesterday
Some of our Wine Tour guests got to ride on the machine harvester outside the house yesterday..think they enjoyed being shaken around like grapes!?
Hand picking the Chenin today in an organic parcel around Le Puy. Aymeric tells me tbis parcel ripens a little earlier than some of the others & that the vines are about 45 years old.
Les vendanges à l'ancienne today at Saumur Chateau. I can't make it today so this shot was from last year...sky is still a blue though!
The whites for the Cremant de Loire (Sparkling) are hand picked into crates so that the grapes don't get crushed.
Cabernet Franc ripening in the autumn sunshine high above Parnay in the Saumur Champigny appellation today.
Machine Harvester in Action....
Grapes are ripe!
So to brighten our day...yummy scrummy minty chocolate mousse at the Auberge Bienvenue in Doue!
Fabulous views of the Loire River from the top of the Tour de Treves. Pretty sandy after the very dry summer!
Looks like rain dear? Good to see @letastingroom at the Brocante in Le Thoureil
Treves Tower is open today for Journee du Patrimoine we are heading for the top. Want to stay in Treves check out La Petit Maison Riverside Cottage on http://www.lagrandemaison.net
St Martin from the Bell Tower on Il de Re' yesterday - c'est magnifique!
Kilts the order of the day for ticket inspectors!
On The Celebration Special - Cool place for a wedding reception & wine tasting whilst touring London!
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