We’ve harvested! Possibly under adverse conditions. If you wake up to a harvesting Saturday that is cold and lacking in sunshine; – If the van that was meant to pull the grape-filled trailer out of the field gets stuck in the mud before a first grape has even been picked; – does a harvesting day of that kind still count as a welcome distraction from desk-based work?
We asked the parrots: and while they generally like nibbling the ground beneath the vines or flying through the leaves with water being sprayed at them, – in this case it seemed they would have happily withdrawn to desk-based work after an hour or so out in the field.
So, a good helping of – not just the tuna-pasta-salad that’s become the harvest signature dish – but also of parrot-patience was needed, as the finish-line for us two (humans) was only reached late on Sunday evening. On late afternoon on Saturday we said ‘good bye’ to those of our harvest-supporting friends who had stayed out in the field to the very end, regretting that our arrangements for processing the grapes the ‘bio-way’ meant that we had no time for an end-of-the-harvest drink.
What followed was a pattern repeated until late on Sunday consisting of: setting up a machine, mucking it up, cleaning it out.
And while the grape juice has now cleared and is fermenting, and the grape pips are drying (for a symbolic drop of grape seed oil), we hope that many more wine harvest enthusiasts will join us next year, – hopefully with nicer weather, ‘easier’ grapes and a ‘well-done’ drink at the end!
Photos were turned into collages for this public blog, ‘cos friends looking gorgeous or ridiculous in the vineyard is for sharing with those very friends but maybe not for the blog.