Basic wine information: winemaking 101 with Joe the Winemaker. week two
Another post from Joe the winemaker, my dad.
Welcome to week 2. I am back as promised with more basic wine information and photos to help you follow the entire cycle of a year in the vineyard. As I mentioned in last week’s vineyard update I expected that you would be amazed by the change in the growth of the merlot vines we are following, but even I was estonished by the rapidity of the growth this past week. This is pure speculation on my part, but I believe that the late start of the vines due to an extremely harsh winter followed by record breaking temperatures the final week of April could be the reason. (can anybody say global warming ?).
Our Norwegian lady friends (hello, ladies) who visited us 2 weeks ago, with Anthony Swift of Wine Pleasures tours, can bear witness to the rapid change in the growth of the merlot. We are very pleased that we chose to lower the wires in the merlot when we did because if we were attempting that with the present growth we would be knocking off far too many shoots (buds, future grapes). Fortunately for us the progress of the syrah and the cabernet saugvignon does not match that of the merlot this year. This is not unusual for the cab but very surprising for our syrah which is normaly ahead of the merlot. I attempted to take the photos in the same spot that I did for the first post and will continue to do so we have an accurate account of the progression of the vines. The majority of the photos show the same vines as week 1 and I have included a close up a future bunch of grapes. The “baby grapes photo” is something I always found intriguing and I hope you will also. We still have wires to lower in the cabernet but we are extremely happy with where we stand today. Hopefully my son will not read this but I think we will soon be able to cut back to 45 hour work weeks. I am not complaining because I have never felt heathier in my life and the fringe benefits are outstanding!
We are considering doing some weekend BBQ/Blending sessions for wine enthusiasts living in or visiting the Carcassonne area this summer. give me some feedback if you find this interesting.
Thanks for following and remember to come back next week for more free wine information.
It’s spring and it’s wonderfully hot. We went from one of the coldest winters to one of the hottest Springs. And in brief, it feels like Summer at O’Vineyards.
And now we’re starting to get our dearest vacationers so it feels even more like Summer. The other day, Anthony Swift from Wine Pleasures came through with a group of Norwegian wine women. These wine ladies had just visited Carcassonne’s castle ramparts in the morning where I met the group and led them back to the vineyard just a few kilometers away.
I like all the tour groups we get, but Wine Pleasures was a special pleasure because Anthony is as obsessed with the Internet as I am (maybe more?). So the group doesn’t get shy around cameras. And we get to share the tasting with you.
We did a live stream that you can still access here:
What you don’t get to see in the stream is the delicious schmorgesborg that my mom prepared for the luncheon after the wine tasting. The photos don’t do it justice. But if you follow the blog or visit us with any frequency, you know that my mom is a cooking machine.
Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387
Wine, Dine, Relax at our Boutique Vineyard
Unique thing to do in Carcassonne
Wine Cellar. Winery Visits. Wine Tasting.
Wine & Food Pairing
North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910
Best by GPS.
Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.