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
When it comes to wine being classified as bio-dynamic, it is often considered to be an evolution of sorts in organic agriculture. Listening to the birds chirping this morning, I contemplated just what this vineyard and its caring growers of Pontet Canet have had to adhere to to both achieve and sustain this classification. Pontet Canet holds two prestigious classifications; the French biodynamic classification known as Biodyvin, which was awarded to them first in 2010.
Monday morning here in the beautiful Medoc region of France, and it’s full steam ahead for grape harvesting, and my first full week here. It’s easy to sleep restfully even finishing off a bit of jet lag- the nights are so quiet and peaceful here in the French countryside, with only the occasional sound of feet on gravel, or night creatures stating their presence. No television and shaky WiFi leave us to our own devices
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
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