Checking Grape Ripeness

The grapes are getting ripe enough to start talking about harvest dates.  I’ve been tasting grapes in the Cabernet and Merlot multiple times a day with everybody who comes through on the winery tour.  I go out to the Syrah once every couple of days to taste there too.  And of course, the real expert tastes the grapes every time we let her outside.

dog smelling merlot grapes

Muse sniffs the merlot grapes for ripeness

My dog, Muse.

Nobody believes me until they see it for themselves.  Muse loves to eat the grapes once they’re ripe.  I’ve even sworn to that in a recent harvest update published by the Languedoc Pages.

People say grapes can kill a dog, but my dog eats grapes all the time.  I can’t stop her once they’re ripe.

It would appear they’re not quite ready yet though as she’s just giving them a brief sniff before moving on.  We’ll have to wait a couple more weeks before she starts gobbling up all the profit at O’Vineyards.

Just more proof that harvest won’t be as early as I expected it to be when people asked me in June.

How to find us

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

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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. 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.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. 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.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.