Winemaking: behind the scenesBy Gabriel Stone
A new calendar for 2013 offers a behind the scenes glimpse of life as a winemaker.
Compiled by TheCellarHand.com, which acts as a forum for flying winemakers and people looking to work a vintage, the calendar features snapshots and profiles of individuals working – and playing – at wineries around the world.
Read on for a preview, or to order your own copy of the calendar, priced at £7.99, visit TheCellarhand website.
February 2013: Domaine Yves Cuilleron, Chavanay, France
Origin: Lyon, France
Describe Domaine Cuilleron in three words: a CDR highlight
Favourite wine: L’Amarybelle
Next destination: Chile
March 2013: Brancott Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand
Describe Brancott in three words: huge, cold, wet
Favourite wine: the late harvest
The best thing about working a vintage: The people, the money, the sunny days, the hours on top of tanks or tankers waiting for them to fill up which give you great personal insight, the “smokos”, the ping pong, how fit you get, how satisfied you fill after setting up a whole line, doing things you never thought you were able to do.
Next destination: any opening will be considered
May 2013: Stonestreet, Healdsburg, US
Origin: South Africa
Describe Stonestreet in three words: Quality, elegance, great
Favourite wine: 2007 Legacy
Best single experience at Stonestreet: I had the opportunity to learn more about the different vineyard blocks and varieties that are planted by Stonestreet
Next destination: Australia/New Zealand
July 2013: Matua Valley, Waikoukou Valley, New Zealand
Describe Matua Valley in three words: fun, great atmosphere
Favourite wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Best single experience at Matua: they gave us some grapes to make one barrel of our own wine
Next destination: Mornington Peninsula, Australia to learn more about cool climate Syrah
October 2013: Henschke, Keyneton, Australia
Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
Describe Henschke in three words: quality without compromise
Favourite wine: You can’t go past the Hill of Grace
The best thing about working a vintage at Henschke: working with such old vines – up to 152+ years old on the Hill of Grace vineyard!
Best single experience at Henschke? Tasting the 1962 Hill of Grace
Next destination: Burgundy
November 2013: Quinta de Roriz, Douro, Portugal
Origin: Douro, Portugal
Describe Quinta de Roriz in three words: professionalism, quality, happiness
Favourite wine: Chryseia