Autumn (Page 6)

Autumn is the season of harvest for us, harvesting of grapes in particular (as we are winemakers) and much of our garden veg, but also foraging time for mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts, and fruit picking time in the orchard.

Winemaking, cleaning and beer at PumpjackPiddlewick

Our first harvest is underway here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick. We are very excited, to be sure. But amongst the excitement is still the day to day of winemaking, cleaning and … beer. There’s an adage in the world of winemaking – making wine is 90% cleaning and 10% beer. Read More →

Our first harvest was about bees, birds, mildew and rot at PumpjackPiddlewick

We were given the go ahead to work on our restoration vineyard in September. Right in the middle of harvest time. Talk about thrown in the deep end. The plus side is from the get go we would know what we were dealing with: bees, birds, mildew and rot. AtRead More →

Finding a vineyard in Burgundy with PumpjackPiddlewick

In conjunction with our finding a vineyard in Burgundy (Part 1 & Part 2), there is another story to tell in our unfolding wine making saga in France. This story began at a similar time, and developed along side, the discovering of SAFER and all we undertook with them. TheRead More →

How to find a French vineyard with PumpjackPiddlewick

We spent our first half a year here in France trying to understand how things worked. In particular, trying to figure out how to find a vineyard to buy or rent. Alongside, we both needed to learn and improve our French. Fast. We had come to France after all toRead More →