The two men who work year-round tending the Domaine de la Renaudie's vines have started their vendanges — the grape harvest. Most of the harvesting around here is done by machine. Only a few special parcels of vines are harvested by hand.
Day before yesterday one of the first vineyard parcels harvested consisted of several long rows of Chardonnay grapes that grow just down the hill from our house, on the north side. Then the harvest of the more extensive parcels of Sauvignon Blanc grapes all around the Renaudière vineyard got under way. The weather remains pretty dry, and the red grapes will stay on the vines a while longer.