Wine making

We are wine making in France. 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. Follow our journey from trying to buy a vineyard to renting instead. From growing grapes to making wine.

Tucking in the vines with Pumpjack Piddlewick

In the vines, in the vines, where the sun certainly shines. We are now in full swing of 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 isRead More →

Vineyard summer work with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vineyard is the time for getting the vines ready to grow their grapes.  The scenery couldn’t be more gorgeous, well, unless it were Norway, but that is besides the point. As I work, I have the wonderful opportunity to look about me at a quilted hillside. LikeRead 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.  Anyone can do it, it’s easy. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. But what is a Wine Cellar? A wine cellar is, simplistically, a placeRead More →

Pumpjack Piddlewick Who We Are

If you’ve read any of our posts about working in a vineyard, you’ll be coming to realise that a vineyard’s work is never done.  Each season brings a different requirement. Obviously harvesting grapes in autumn, then there is pruning in winter. And spring in the vineyard? It’s all about de-budding. Read More →