Harvest / cosecha 2020

Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona vertical
#gwcocabfranc
#gwcocabernetfranc
#gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#movichile
#gwcolashiguerasvineyard
#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco
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Sundown over Bagual Vineyard. Garnacha anyone ? #gwcobagualvineyard #gwcogarnacha #movichile #gwcobagualgarnacha
#gwcoharvest2020
#bagualvineyard
#gwcobagualgarnacha
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
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That time of year when you need a wand to make 7.5 barrels appear miraculously — or spend days accommodating all the final bits as separated as best can be managed. All I am saying today is Give Pais a half dozen extra barrels — the oldest ones you can find... #gwcotruquilemu
#gwcoharvest2020
#truquilemu
#gwcopais
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleprofundo
#regiondelmaule
#empedrado
#movichile
#vinopais
#givepaisachance
#pipeño
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Oh how I miss the early mornings with a trailer full of picking baskets #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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And back to work in the bodega — cake anyone? #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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Looks like we are going to have to press out tomorrow after all. Anyone at home want to try? #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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With Nivaldo Morales ten years ago (almost) after grafting Garnacha and Mataró next his Cariñena #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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We call her Thin Lizzy — Phoenix 2020 is starting to fizzle (at low temp she never manages much of a gurgle) #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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So I said “hey let’s bring a concrete egg out for a diversity of vessels shot! And I was promptly given the bird and R2D2 on the end was added instead... #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Second last day of harvest convoy style three different bits in a day Puico Bajo #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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A whole lot of gamelas of fruit got picked . . . #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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@singleferments 9-10 years ago in Truqui #gwcotruquilemuvineyard
#gwcoharvest2020
#gwcocariñena
#gwcocarignan
#vinochileno
#chileanwinery
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
#vignadoresdecarignan #chileanfarms
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Trusty trailer helps pick in small bits and batches - #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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One wheeler Cinsault #gwcocinsault #gwcoportezuelovineyard #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Last shot of the mare we missed harvesting in Truqui this year [Maquina is her name]. Don Juvenal helping with the gamelas. Hechando de menos la yegua: Máquina este año. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard
#gwcoharvest2020
#gwcocariñena
#gwcocarignan
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
#vignadoresdecarignan
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Cutting Cab Franc Las Higueras 2o2o #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcocabfranc #cabfranc #cabernetfranc #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Missing the horses cont’d #gwcotruquilemuvineyard
#gwcoharvest2020
#gwcocariñena
#gwcocarignan
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
#vignadoresdecarignan
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CF Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 @singleferments ...

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Pilar on deck with various musts of consequence @singleferments #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Remembering past harvests bringing the fruit in with a horse and carruncho. This year we kept the group picking much smaller and went slower. We simply did not need the yegua to help. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard
#gwcoharvest2020
#gwcocariñena
#gwcocarignan
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
#vignadoresdecarignan
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Sped Havesting #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Mr Flowers aka Flores #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Welcome to Truquilemu— the promised land of old vine head trained Cariñena. Free the vines no more trellises! #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcovirtualharvest @vignadores_de_carignan @vigno #vigno #vignadoresdecarignan ...

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Up early to pick in Las Higueras #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Looking back at the 2020 harvest cutting Truqui #gwcoharvest2020 @vignadores_de_carignan #vignadoresdecarignan ...

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Don Alonso receiving fruit #gwcoharvest2020
#gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcosemillon
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No filter required #gwcoharvest2020
#gwcobagualvineyard
#gwcobagualgarnacha
#bagualvineyard
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Cab Franc Las Higueras Vineyard harvest #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Cinsault country #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Sequestered and bored? Take a ride in one of Lucho’s gamelas. Welcome to Truquilemu— the promised land of old vine head trained Cariñena. Here are picking for our Vigno 2020. @vignadoresdecarignan @vigno Free the vines no more trellises! #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcovirtualharvest ...

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Sequestered and bored? Raoul will be carrying your basket today and Armando receiving. Welcome to Truquilemu— the promised land of old vine head trained Cariñena. Free the vines no more trellises! #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcovirtualharvest @vignadores_de_carignan @vigno #vigno #vignadoresdecarignan ...

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Sequestered and bored? Raoul will be carrying your basket today and Armando receiving. Welcome to Truquilemu— the promised land of old vine head trained Cariñena. Free the vines no more trellises! #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcovirtualharvest Take a seat and ride aboard one of our picking baskets in a vicarious harvest with us #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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And action #gwcobagualvineyard #bagualvineyard #gwcoharvest2020 ...

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Who are you calling low hanging fruit? Cargadora / Cinsault
#gwcocinsault
#gwcosingleferments
#gwcoharvest2020
#guarilihue
#itataprofundo #itata
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I – A Long Years Journey in Two Parts

Vintage 2020 has been a vintage of challenges that began early in the growing year with cover crops beginning late, with tooling challenges cultivating, with dreadful Spring frosts in Truquilemu, and far too little rainfall period. It finished with some v-e-r-y warm days in Summer and then a special challenge for harvest.

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It is a year that we consider ourselves very fortunate to work with old vines. When there is too much heat, or too little rainfall, and even when frost strikes the old vines seem to have a kind of built-in botanical shock absorber against duress various. Their long life has lent them kind of biological wisdom that protects them and or allows them to develop a defense from such things. During the very hot days of summer the plants literally shut down when they have had enough. The day begins normally and by 11-11:30 they simply turn off. After frosts, secondary buds can do remarkably well.

I include a short video where you can see the original bud burned with frost and the extraordinary secondary growth. From a distance, one would not think this vineyard had had frost damage at all. This ad hoc reaction on the part of the plant does tend to disorganise the proper pruning of a vine, however.

Why are old vines better shock absorbers?
The elder farmers say that the vines drink deep where there is water not just from this year, but accumulated over many a year further down. A few years ago a French geologist spent the majority of his visit with us trying to calculate the time rainwater falling on the surrounding hills would take to get to the vines. Over the day I began to realise that his science was telling me the same thing– a very interesting visit by a geologist without a single fox-hole to see soil profile being dug.

When we say that the ploughmen farmers are stewards of these old vines this is what we are getting at. Plant cycles/vintages are not yearly endeavours, but much longer. A neglected vineyard does not come back in a year just as a proper wine is not made in a single year. A bottle may be made of this year’s grapes, and may indeed have fermented aged and perhaps even have been bottled this same year, but it is the product of a far longer history. I digress. Let’s get back to 2020 and what was the result of these conditions, at least what we know so far…. … and what novel things did we do this harvest.

see: Part II – Early Impressions (images for now text coming)

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Un tremendo saludo al equipo Garage Poda UTI quienes han trabajado para revivir una sección de Pais olvidado en Truqui en estas semanas. De arbustos salvajes se han encontrado la vid viva y cultivado intensivamente como este mugrón para que revive- Ester, Don Hugo, Señora Luz, y Jose son mis héroes esta semana. Todos pensaron que el canadiense rayo sus cables pero si se puede. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard A special salute this evening to our Intensive Care Pruning Team who have worked the impossible and begun to revive a section of vines forgotten neglected and burned and now ... The rest of the troop (no names Cristián) thought I was nuts but the proof is in the pudding. A special to handpickedsweden for their support of Fieldcraft this year. We have only just begun . . . #gwcofieldcraft #gwcofieldworks #gwcofieldcraftbottlings 

#movichile #chilesegunmovi #vinochileno  #escalahumana #pequeñasproducciones #vinosaescalahumana #vinosconpersonalidad #viñaterosindependientes #chileanwine

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Un tremendo saludo al equipo Garage Poda UTI quienes han trabajado para revivir una sección de Pais olvidado en Truqui en estas semanas. De arbustos salvajes se han encontrado la vid viva y cultivado intensivamente como este mugrón para que revive- Ester, Don Hugo, Señora Luz, y Jose son mis héroes esta semana. Todos pensaron que el canadiense rayo sus cables pero si se puede. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard A special salute this evening to our Intensive Care Pruning Team who have worked the impossible and begun to revive a section of vines forgotten neglected and burned and now ... The rest of the troop (no names Cristián) thought I was nuts but the proof is in the pudding. A special to handpickedsweden for their support of Fieldcraft this year. We have only just begun . . . #gwcofieldcraft #gwcofieldworks #gwcofieldcraftbottlings

#movichile #chilesegunmovi #vinochileno #escalahumana #pequeñasproducciones #vinosaescalahumana #vinosconpersonalidad #viñaterosindependientes #chileanwine
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Give us a place to stand and place to grow . . . Ontario here you have an offer! Note there are mixed cases— you heard right Mix-a-6 just like @thebeerstoreon and cases of twelve too if you are looking for the best case scenario. Give Pais a chance folks! #gwcofieldcraftbottlings #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2019 #mauleadicto #maulevalley #regiondelmaule

Give us a place to stand and place to grow . . . Ontario here you have an offer! Note there are mixed cases— you heard right Mix-a-6 just like @thebeerstoreon and cases of twelve too if you are looking for the best case scenario. Give Pais a chance folks! #gwcofieldcraftbottlings #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2019 #mauleadicto #maulevalley #regiondelmaule ...

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Uffffffffffff #gwcofieldcraft ...

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We rack a lot of barrels one by one so we can taste variations / permutations and effectively have more than one harvest in a harvest #gwcofieldcraft

We rack a lot of barrels one by one so we can taste variations / permutations and effectively have more than one harvest in a harvest #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft

Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft ...

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The underbelly of the wine biz #gwcofieldcraft #cellrwine

The underbelly of the wine biz #gwcofieldcraft #cellrwine ...

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Isidore Vineyard Semillon 2021 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcoisidorevineyard

Isidore Vineyard Semillon 2021 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcoisidorevineyard ...

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Un tremendo saludo al equipo Garage Poda UTI quienes han trabajado para revivir una sección de Pais olvidado en Truqui en estas semanas. De arbustos salvajes se han encontrado la vid viva y cultivado intensivamente como este mugrón para que revive- Ester, Don Hugo, Señora Luz, y Jose son mis héroes esta semana. Todos pensaron que el canadiense rayo sus cables pero si se puede. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard A special salute this evening to our Intensive Care Pruning Team who have worked the impossible and begun to revive a section of vines forgotten neglected and burned and now ... The rest of the troop (no names Cristián) thought I was nuts but the proof is in the pudding. A special to @handpickedsweden for their support of Fieldcraft this year. We have only just begun . . . #gwcofieldcraft #gwcofieldworks #gwcofieldcraftbottlings

Un tremendo saludo al equipo Garage Poda UTI quienes han trabajado para revivir una sección de Pais olvidado en Truqui en estas semanas. De arbustos salvajes se han encontrado la vid viva y cultivado intensivamente como este mugrón para que revive- Ester, Don Hugo, Señora Luz, y Jose son mis héroes esta semana. Todos pensaron que el canadiense rayo sus cables pero si se puede. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard A special salute this evening to our Intensive Care Pruning Team who have worked the impossible and begun to revive a section of vines forgotten neglected and burned and now ... The rest of the troop (no names Cristián) thought I was nuts but the proof is in the pudding. A special to @handpickedsweden for their support of Fieldcraft this year. We have only just begun . . . #gwcofieldcraft #gwcofieldworks #gwcofieldcraftbottlings ...

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Revival — something positive happening in 2020. Hands working closer to home instead packing into vans with hands from other towns risking their health in these crazy times.  #gwcofieldcraft Om du är i Sverige kommer Handpicked att ha nyheter snart!

Revival — something positive happening in 2020. Hands working closer to home instead packing into vans with hands from other towns risking their health in these crazy times. #gwcofieldcraft Om du är i Sverige kommer Handpicked att ha nyheter snart! ...

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Revival #gwcofieldcraft

Revival #gwcofieldcraft ...

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We had reinforcements come to help pick for our clients and one group we Haitian immigrants recently arrived in Chile. Dressed for Winter in the heat, and singing bluesy ballads they helped get the fruit in before a big rain— be sure to turn the volume up. Las Higueras Vineyard old-vine dry-farmed Cabernet Franc  #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

We had reinforcements come to help pick for our clients and one group we Haitian immigrants recently arrived in Chile. Dressed for Winter in the heat, and singing bluesy ballads they helped get the fruit in before a big rain— be sure to turn the volume up. Las Higueras Vineyard old-vine dry-farmed Cabernet Franc #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Las Higueras Vineyard old-vine dry-farmed Cabernet Franc  #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcogente

Las Higueras Vineyard old-vine dry-farmed Cabernet Franc #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcogente ...

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País in Truqui Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

País in Truqui Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Caja para muestras de oro — hay una bodega sin una caja amarilla de viejos tiempos? #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Caja para muestras de oro — hay una bodega sin una caja amarilla de viejos tiempos? #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Up early again Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Up early again Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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mighty white #singlefermentseries #singlefermentpais #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

mighty white #singlefermentseries #singlefermentpais #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Proper farming is about more than just the vineyard. Threshing wheat in Puico. Don Colorindo and Don José have  collected and re-sewn seeds on these hills since they began helping their father as teenagers in the 1940’s. Wheat skiing anyone? #gwcofieldworks #industrialislessfun
#industrializationsacrificesflavour 
Hay más que solo viñedo! Trilla de trigo en Puico. Don Colorindo y Don José han recolectado y vuelto a coser semillas en estas colinas desde que comenzaron a ayudar a su padre cuando eran adolescentes en la década de 1940. ¿Esquí de trigo alguien?

#garagewine #drinkchile #chilewine #maule #gwcofieldcraft

Proper farming is about more than just the vineyard. Threshing wheat in Puico. Don Colorindo and Don José have collected and re-sewn seeds on these hills since they began helping their father as teenagers in the 1940’s. Wheat skiing anyone? #gwcofieldworks #industrialislessfun
#industrializationsacrificesflavour
Hay más que solo viñedo! Trilla de trigo en Puico. Don Colorindo y Don José han recolectado y vuelto a coser semillas en estas colinas desde que comenzaron a ayudar a su padre cuando eran adolescentes en la década de 1940. ¿Esquí de trigo alguien?

#garagewine #drinkchile #chilewine #maule #gwcofieldcraft
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Keeping track of the Gamelas in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018  #gwcofieldcraft

Keeping track of the Gamelas in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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21 Brix but a lot more lumens — selection continues.
#gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

21 Brix but a lot more lumens — selection continues.
#gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft
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Don Miguel vigneron extraordinario / gentle man of the vine #gwcofieldcraft

Don Miguel vigneron extraordinario / gentle man of the vine #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Hard at work with @fernandomoramw #drivingwinemaker #gwcoharvest2018 #hermandaddegaraje #gwcofieldcraft

Hard at work with @fernandomoramw #drivingwinemaker #gwcoharvest2018 #hermandaddegaraje #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Picking in #gwcobagualvineyard Cariñena #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft #chileanwine #caliboro

Picking in #gwcobagualvineyard Cariñena #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft #chileanwine #caliboro ...

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Student helping with the picking — starts classes at 4 pm. #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018

Student helping with the picking — starts classes at 4 pm. #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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Un pequeño experimento / a small experiment #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 @bibendumwine

Un pequeño experimento / a small experiment #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 @bibendumwine ...

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Selection table on truck top — #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018  @bibendumwine

Selection table on truck top — #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 @bibendumwine ...

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Skin contact - - #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018

Skin contact - - #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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Raoul  canastero — tan joven que no se dice Don.  #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcosingleferments

Raoul canastero — tan joven que no se dice Don. #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcosingleferments ...

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Compartiendo con @fernandomoramw #hermandaddegaraje #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofriends

Compartiendo con @fernandomoramw #hermandaddegaraje #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofriends ...

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Saludos : greetings from Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & The Gang #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Saludos : greetings from Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & The Gang #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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País from the Pacha Mama #SingleFermentSeries #SingleFermentPais #BottledPachaMama 
Grapes from more than one vineyard, co-fermented together in a single ferment— no alterations. #gwcofieldcraft

País from the Pacha Mama #SingleFermentSeries #SingleFermentPais #BottledPachaMama
Grapes from more than one vineyard, co-fermented together in a single ferment— no alterations. #gwcofieldcraft
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Haciendo el cameon más delgado para que sea menos pega picar. Arao vuelta-vuelta viene con efectos de sonido. Preta botón y suena como tractor con motor... Ploughing closer to the vines to make the cameon as narrow as posible and thus less work to break up with hoes. (Monche has tremendous sense for fashionable footwear or no?) #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcovintage2019 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately  #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves

Haciendo el cameon más delgado para que sea menos pega picar. Arao vuelta-vuelta viene con efectos de sonido. Preta botón y suena como tractor con motor... Ploughing closer to the vines to make the cameon as narrow as posible and thus less work to break up with hoes. (Monche has tremendous sense for fashionable footwear or no?) #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcovintage2019 #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves ...

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Rather intrusive terroir #gwcofieldcraft

Rather intrusive terroir #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Part III – — and yet another extraordinary special challenge

I wrote a piece for Jancis Robinson about what it was like to harvest during Covid19 so I leave you with a link to that whilst I finish something for this site…