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05 Oct 2018
people. winemaking, Pontet Canet

The People behind the Wine

Having such an incredible opportunity to observe the entire operation from vine to bottle, I have also had the chance to gain fascinating insight into the people behind the wine, and the supreme effort at every stage that goes into each bottle of Pontet-Canet. I believe you would be rather impressed at the heart behind this operation, which is evident at every turn. Consistently, the message derived from the people here; (whether it’s the pickers […]

01 Oct 2018
Pontet Canet, grapes, French wine, France, vino

Wine Harvest Day 3- Grapes, Grapes, and more Grapes!

We awoke to a chillier morning, with a breeze in the air. We’ve learned after a few nights of awakening to a distinct buzzing near our ears that the lovely huge windows need to stay closed overnight due to bugs. After being plauged with unrest due to  the perpetual green hard shelled moths that hurl themselves at any available light, John has grown tired of killing them after I awaken him in a panic. I’ve […]

30 Sep 2018

Day 2- Wine Harvest at Chateau Pontet Canet, France- Wandering Pauillac and best light of day

Saturday on the estate is quiet and no harvesting is happening, which gives me good opportunity to take photos of the stillness of the operations, the vineyard and the property.  Awakening to a distant sound of birds, and the clock in the courtyard which strikes on the hour and on the half hour. We again opt to skip breakfast, as I spend quite a lot of time at night shooting nightscapes which keep us out […]

29 Sep 2018
Pontet-Canet, France, wine

Day 1-Wine Harvest at Chateaux Pontet-Canet, France

We awoke to a thick fog covering the morning here- it’s entirely peaceful and quiet here at first dawn.  I like throwing open the large windows here decorated in white wrought iron and floor to ceiling panes.  The workers had already begun their day when we were getting ready, charging our gear and assembling cameras for the day upstairs. We could see the line of people systematically each going through a row from one end […]

28 Sep 2018

Arrival- French Wine Harvest 2018- Pontet- Canet, Pauillac, France

Arriving in Bordeaux yesterday was a moment of personal happiness for me. I have eagerly anticipated this assignment for so long and to land with all my camera gear (Nikon D810, D750, DJI Mavik Pro, GoPro5, lighting, tripods, batteries), and not have anything missing was also a blessing given the importance of this trip. We were definitely tired, having flown from Calgary to Amsterdam, and the outbound flight had been delayed arriving from Amsterdam. We […]