No vege garden ramblings this week, I was in Marlborough for grape harvest. What an experience it was too! I had no idea what was involved and how much there was to coordinate. What did I do? Well not much really, except eat loads of grapes, take lots of pics and pray like crazy for good weather – it worked a ‘wee’ bit’.
For those interested in grape harvest …
Brookdale Vineyard in Marlborough
Harvester at Utawai Vineyard, Cloudy Bay. These machines are big
A view from the top
A sea of green. The grapes in the receival bin on board the harvester
My sort of transport
Yes, yes I ate some of these! Beautiful, juicy Sauv Blanc
Loddon Lane near the Wairau River … just stunning
From the harvester into the gondola
Close up …
Or another way to get those grapes into the gondola. This machine can climb hills!
From the gondola into the truck
From the truck into the receival bin at the Winery. The smell is amazing!
Another pic of Loddon Lane … it is just beautiful
Easy to see I’m not great at taking pics of people! A huge THANK YOU to our winemaker Chris Young – you not only make great wine (Toi Toi of course) but you are a great bloke too! Also Craig and Paul – top job! Jeremy and Rex (great to meet you and thanks for the use of the ATV). Big thumbs up to everyone involved!
For everyone else … happy gardening