A few days ago, two vineyard workers drove by, one at the wheel of a grape harvester and the other driving a tractor pulling a trailer. They left a few minutes later with the trailer full of white wine grapes. I assumed the grapes were Chardonnay, which are usually harvested before Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc grapes. But yesterday I went and looked. I saw many bunches of beautiful grapes up and down rows of Chardonnay vines. So I'm mystified. Why would they leave so many grapes behind?
A day or two later, we saw several cars and vans drive into the vineyard. And then we saw people picking grapes by hand. I know there is one grower, a man who doesn't make wine himself (at least not for sale), but who sells his grapes to a big wine company, who brings in crews to hand-pick grapes. This is his crew.
I went up into the loft and took some photos from a skylight window, where we have a "panoramic" view of the vineyard behind our house. I have a camera with a long zoom.
So here are three photos of the crew at three different zoom levels. Well, it's just one photo, actually, cropped and resized at different levels. The crew of vendangeurs worked for just one day and is gone now, but yesterday the two guys on the harvester and the tractor pulling the trailer came back. They work for a different grower. And they left with another trailer load of white wine grapes. Maybe they got in the rest of the Chardonnay. I'll go out and look this afternoon when I take my walk with Natasha.