THE MAKING OF WINE. A STEP BY STEP STORY FROM FRANCE

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THE MAKING OF WINE. A STEP BY STEP STORY FROM FRANCE

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun May 13, 2007 4:51 pm



OK - That's the jokes over!!!!
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Postby Niner Delta » Sun May 13, 2007 5:43 pm

It's always better in the box. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue May 15, 2007 1:42 pm

[pic]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Duncaninfrance/April-Buds.jpg" wisth=650>

After the dormant winter the vines are cut back and all the previous years wood is reduced to 2 short branches, one either side of the main trunk of the plant. These will supply the growth for the current years fruit. Each branch will be cut to allow for 3 buds to grow thus allowing 6 bunches of grapes per vine plant. This is a picture of a new bud taken in April.

Please feel free to ask questions as I go along as I am sure I shall forget to cover everything :)
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Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat May 19, 2007 11:34 am

[pic]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Duncaninfrance/Flowers.jpg[/pic]

The vine is now throwing shoots in all directions and the flowers have arrived which will produce the grapes. The main job in the vineyard at the moment is to tie the parts of the vine that will produce this years grapes to give them support. Shoots that sprout from the bottom of the vine are either cut off or chemically removed because if left they will steal the moisture that the grapes need to swell.

The vines are sprayed to prevent disease and infestation by aphids. The whole countryside around us is now green and lush!
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Now we have baby grapes!

Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:17 pm

The bunches have now formed on the vines and they are growing fast. The plant is generation lots of leaves which need to be controlled.

[pic]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Duncaninfrance/Clean-Cut.jpg[/pic]

The vines are trimmed regularly so that they do not produce too much green growth. If this is allowed to happen the plant will stimulate its leaves and tendrils rather than the young grapes.

Trimming is done by machine.

[pic]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Duncaninfrance/13-June-first-cutting.jpg[/pic]

All these pictures by the way are taken just outside our garden. :bigsmile:
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Postby Niner Delta » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:39 am

Very interesting machinery (I love that kind of stuff). It appears to be all hydraulic, drive wheels and cutting blades, too.

How do you keep from trimming off the clusters of grapes, along with the leaves? Or do they grow mostly on the center line of the row?

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Easy

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:32 am

The grapes grow at the bottom of the plant and near to the 'trunk'. These machines are designed to cut the tops and any growth protruding outwards.



The leaves are really a natural solar panel. They feed the grape so it develops its sugar. What the grower is trying to do is produce a wall of leaves that will convert the sunlight by photosynthesis into sugar. Too many leaves means that the food is used by the plant to grow instead of supporting the grape hence the need to trim them. A vine can grow up to 18 mtrs in one year if left to it's own devices.

Now is the time that they spray regularly to prevent mildew and downy (oidium and peronospera. They also need to manage the ground by either mowing or killing the weeds/grass betwen the rows.
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Postby krinko » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:58 pm

Where is the large angry dog?

During my hike from Port Bou to Perpignan in 1969 I found the vinyards to be well stocked with large angry dogs----who thought the public road was also part of the vinyard.

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Probably in Mosel!

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:52 am

Their white tastes like I imagine dog pee would - or is it cat pee - no, thats Schlitz beer! :roll:
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Speaking of Schlitz Beer

Postby Niner » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:18 pm

Friend sent me this ad from many years ago when Schlitz was still a premium beer.
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Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:04 pm

That is when I first tasted it - in Quebec - and we had to add salt to it so as to get rid of all the acid. It was awful!

At the time I was drinking McEwans Export and Tennants Lager ( with the dolly birds on the can ) on the ship as well as a few odd cans of Guinness!!! :bigsmile: I was also smoking Du Maurie Super Kingsize at 13/6 a hundred

Then again, I was getting £2.4s.2p a week and all found. What a life!
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THE MAGIC BEGINS!!

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:27 pm

[pic]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f392/Duncaninfrance/MAGIC-1ST-AUGUST.jpg[/pic]

Although our weather this summer has been most un-French with rain and cool days, the grapes are starting to turn from green to purple on the vines. We now need lots of sun to encourage them :bigsmile:
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Nearly there............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:47 pm

About this time, the AOC tells each winegrower how much wine they can make from their vines. Some note this and then, after the harvest, sell any surplus wine off for the making of industrial alcohol.

Others work out the production / yield of the years growth and then remove sufficient grapes to allow them to produce no more that the allocated quantity. These excess grapes are cut off and left to rot on the ground.

There are pluses and minuses in these decisions. IF the weather is good then the grower who thins his grapes will probably produce a better quality wine. IF, on the other hand the weather is poor, the one who allows all his grapes to ripen may be better placed to produce his total allocation of wine - all be it of an inferior quality.

Swings and roundabouts to some but a very well informed decision to others.

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Re: THE MAKING OF WINE. A STEP BY STEP STORY FROM FRANCE

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:41 pm

From Vine to Win e, the journey begins :D :D

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Re: THE MAKING OF WINE. A STEP BY STEP STORY FROM FRANCE

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:52 pm

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Re: THE MAKING OF WINE. A STEP BY STEP STORY FROM FRANCE

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:16 am

This is where I live................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq0ZlYrxqXs :FRA: :FRA:
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