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Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

HOLIDAY SPECIALS

This is a strange year with NO Spring. One day in June…. we just switched the heater to the Air Conditioner… and it looks like we will not have an Autumn!!!! Anyway, while Joe is harvesting and making the 2013 wines, I want to get into the Holiday spirit and offer our Clients a Special on […]

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Harvest, Winemaking and Tourism

Posted by Joe The Winemaker: “Finnnnnnnnnnished! The 2102 harvest has finished fermentation and the pressing of the skins was completed Saturday 3rd of November! When you grow grapes and make wine, you sometimes wonder whether the months of September and October exist. You start to clean and prepare for harvest in late August and the […]

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Harvesting Merlot Grapes 2012 at night near Carcassonne

The Merlot came in last week nice and clean and everything feels great. Another 3AM harvest so some of the photos are a bit dark. But that means the grapes could come in really cool and do a pre-fermentation cold soak. The juice is tasting yummy and we’re inducing fermentations in two of the tanks. […]

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Chasan Harvest at O’Vineyards 2012

Yesterday, we harvested the Chasan for our first ever white wine! We harvested by machine starting around 4 AM so that we could bring the grapes in extra cold. We also used dry ice in the harvester and intake trailer to keep the grapes cool on the short journey to the winery. Intake was very […]

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Experimental Wine Fermentation – Decuvage O’Blivion

In September 2011, we did a special harvest and micro vinification with part of the Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. It was a natural, extended whole cluster carbonic maceration. The experimental fermentation Natural means nothing added.  We counted on wild yeasts and used no sulfites. Extended means that I let the maceration run for about six […]

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Experimental Wine Tank – Harvesting O’Blivion

In September 2011, we did a special harvest and micro vinification with part of the Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Two of the WWOOFers (volunteers learning about farming) staying at O’Vineyards spent a couple days hand-harvesting grapes for a small project of mine. Harvesting O’Blivion We brought the harvest in and did a natural, whole-cluster extended […]

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2011 Vintage Report

2011 Vintage Report People have been asking me about how the vintage is going to turn out since back in August.  I’m always hesitant to guess at quality that early in the game, and this year is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be too confident in our speculation. All year, the vines were […]

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Agritourism Guide visits O’Vineyards

Tonton Marcel, a French and German guide to agritourism, dropped by O’Vineyards toward the end of harvest.  They’re on the lookout for the  unpretentious, country relation of Mr. and Mrs. Smith who also runs accommodations on the farm. Photos they took while here   Tonton Marcel separates the wheat from the chaff I think this […]

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Harvesting at O’Vineyards 2011

We started the machine harvest on September 15, 2011.  The weather’s been perfect and the grapes came in very cool as we started predawn (4h45AM).  A few surprises but lots of good things to report.  High hopes for the rest of harvest and the potential of this vintage for the entire Languedoc Roussillon! I don’t […]

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Why Cabernet Day Makes Me Proud to be a Winemaker

I just saw off the last of my Cabernet Day friends.  It’s been a real blast. Seeing Local Winemakers 2010 was a really heartwarming Cabernet Day because it was one of the first events I organized to really get a great deal of support from local grape growers and winemakers.  I was worried about 2011 […]

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