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…
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
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….