Wine making

Pumpjack is a trained Oenologist, or Oenologue if you are in France. He makes wine. The perfect man. We’ve moved to France as he wants to make wine here. We are working a fermage (rental agreement) with a nearby Chateau to manage and maintain their vineyard in exchange we make wine from their grapes. It is a very big work in progress as the vineyard is in very poor condition. We are also making wine from other areas.

Grapes - posh plants or down and dirty agriculture - Featured Blog Post at PumpjackPiddlewick

I don’t know about you, but I never really thought about wine grapes and their vines as part of agriculture. In fact it sounds almost like a dirty word, when associated with wine. To me grapes aren’t a crop, like wheat. They are too posh for that. They are moreRead More →

Want to be able to afford good wine - Start a Wine Cellar

How can one afford, let alone drink good wine year round unless you are rich? That’s easy, start a wine cellar.  And, January is the perfect month to start, whether you are having a dry month or not. January Sales are not just for sofas and washing machines. But whatRead More →

Happy New Year from Pumpjack and Piddlewick - Welcome 2018

The celebration of the New Year is one of my favourites. Not the lifting of a glass of champagne (though I won’t say no), but because of the sense of renewal one gets. I am not one for harking backward, not even to review a job well done, but ratherRead More →

Grape harvest time in the vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

September for us is a balancing act of preparation and patience, as we wait for the starter gun to fire. The call came in at 6 o’clock in the evening. “We have to pick NOW!” I dropped everything. It’s all Go! Go! Go! when it comes harvest time in aRead More →