September is harvesting time, when the whole countryside seems to suddenly fill up with tiny tractors transporting huge amounts of grappes and the air fills with aromas, it is a very special time to experience.

We are lucky to live in a serious winemaking part of Provence: there is of course famous Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape nearby…

Some views of the harvest at Chateau-la-Nerthe, one of the most prestigious Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape vineyard, which has been the subject of previous blog posts here

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Harvest is also going on in other villages with such evocative names as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau..

Domaine de Piaugier, a vineyard located in Sablet, and ran by 4th generation wine maker Jean-Marc Autran,  produces an array of delicious Cotes du Rhone wine, amongst them the famous Gigondas cru.

A few pictures provided by our friends Jean-Marc and Sophie Autran

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And last, but not least, Mas Pouperas. Our friends, and neighbours from up the road, the lovely Chevalier couple run an amazing vineyard / bed and breakfast / carawine / Pouperades…  a never ending trail of fun and tasty events in their estate, hard to keep up with them, but their website is a good start!

Some of their harvest pictures, with here again, the Mont Ventoux watching over the operations….

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