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.

summer in the vineyard at Pumpjack Piddlewick

The vines are all tucked in and ready to bask like a tanning guru on a beach towel in the summer sun. Job done. (Hoooo-Ray!!) The next couple months the currently tiny grapes will grow and grow (hopefully) and by September reach their fruition here. The hot sun of theRead More →

Tucking in the vines with Pumpjack Piddlewick

In the vines, in the vines, where the sun (generally always, though not this week, hooray!) shines. The scenery couldn’t be more gorgeous, well, unless it were Norway, but that is besides the point. As I work, tucking in loose vine arms, I have the wonderful opportunity to look aboutRead More →

Vineyard summer work with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vineyard is the time for ‘tucking in the vines’.  I love the picture these words  create. It always makes me think of tucking the vines in to bed for the night.  And, in a way, it is a bit like that. Training your Vine As summer progressesRead More →

Chablis is a perfect example of Terroir. But what is terroir? Answers at PumpjackPiddlewick

We had a tasty Chablis last night with dinner. It got me to thinking how the wine is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around Chablis are Chardonnay. So, go figure. Elsewhere, for example, it would be, say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’. Before IRead More →