This is where the glamour of winemaking fades a bit for me. The free run wine is drained and transferred from the vats to leave the grape skins and sediment (marc). This material is removed from the vats with a pitch fork, thrown through the vat door into a hopper over a large pump. It… Read more

Grapes for red wine are brought to the winery, crushed and pumped into vats. At Maine Gazin, the building was developed in the 1850’s so the vats are concrete. The ‘moût’ is then fermented to convert the sugar to alcohol. This process is usually completed within a fortnight before commencing the malolactic fermentation. Then it… Read more

Harvesting of grapes has developed just in the 5 years we have been at Chateau Maine Gazin. The grapes are now stripped from the bunch and the smaller berries rejected. The bunch stem is left on the vine and a minimal amount of vegetable matter is taken to the winery. https://youtu.be/tcJZUVycVXk… Read more

Rosé was selected from a parcel of merlot and harvested early for colour and acidity. We are in the 3 year transition period to Bio/organic certification for the vineyard. https://youtu.be/gr8aiJfFSVU… Read more

Seeded every second row with a legume and cereal mix to control humidity and improve the organic matter for the vines. https://youtu.be/7AuAoPk-gzI… Read more

Organic farming requires more soil work to control weeds and avoid the use of chemical sprays. Here we see the intercep slicing the earth between the vines. Hydraulic arms sense the vines so they are not also sliced. https://youtu.be/6aCenZzkTSs… Read more

Some varieties of vines produce small bunches of grapes after the main bunches have formed. These do not ripen before harvest. They need to be removed or they will introduce a green vegetable taste through the wine. This video is taken in our Cabernet Franc plot.https://youtu.be/9qEo1ZniZtQ… Read more

Red grapes change colour usually at the start of August in Bordeaux. In 2020 an early season had véraison commencing in the 3rd week of July… Read more

Walking through the vineyard is usually associated with work, this video tries to give a feel of environment without work on the mind…. Read more

Rows of vines are trimmed or hedged to allow maximum sun exposure onto the grapes and together with some leaf thinning enable even berry ripening…. Read more

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