AttractionsGrape Harvest (Vendanges)Photo Essay
The first part of the process is removing the grapes from their vines, in this case with a tractor that shakes the grapes off their vines and collects them.
Photos of step one.
The grapes are then transferred to the trailer of another tractor. This trailer is specially designed to keep the grapes and transfer them to the press machine.
Photos of step two.
Once the trailer is full, the grapes are then brought in from the fields and into the winery. The grapes are transferred whole to the press machine where they are compacted and turned into a liquid form.
Photos of step three.
The grapes are now very young wine (Called vin doux in French), drinkable but it will make you sick if you drink too much, as the wine is fermenting. The wine is then transferred to lager containers where it will ferment and when ready be bottled or sold in bulk.
Photos of step four.