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Grapes ripen and figs are drying

by September 25, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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We’re coming to the end of another long hot summer here. We have spent a lot of time in the swimming pool, and have cultivated lovely tans. The grapes are ripening and will be ready to pick in the next few days. Figs are drying in the sun and the Read more »

Harvesting olives, bottling wine

by December 5, 2011 » Add the first comment.

Winter is here again.  Today is overcast, misty,drizzly, and cold!  However to date although we have had some very wet days during November, the weather has also been sunny and warm for some of the time. We have been doing some work in the garden, visiting friends and generally enjoying Read more »

Making Aguardente

by November 6, 2010 » Add the first comment.
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After the wine has been made the grape skins are pressed to extract the last of the juice. What remains is almost dry skins, these are bagged up and taken to a local still, where they are made into a spirit called aguardente. Below are some pictures of the pressing. Read more »

Picking grapes and making wine

by October 17, 2010 » Add the first comment.
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Well it’s been a busy few weeks, we spent a full week helping our neighbours pick grapes, on a couple of occasions we were part of a group of 50 plus. We started work around 8am and finished mid-day with a lovely lunch eaten on trestle tables in the shade. Read more »

Preparing for the harvest

by September 7, 2010 » Add the first comment.
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More lovely weather, a little rain overnight, but we need it! Everyone here is getting ready for the grape harvest which will happen late September early October. When we have been out and about during the last week, we have seen the devastation wreaked by the fires. On the way Read more »

Warm weather continues

by July 5, 2009 » Add the first comment.
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More weeks of lovely warm weather, with just a couple of wet days. Unfortunately this means the grapevines have to be sprayed, but in our case it only takes about an hour. Our grapes are looking much better this year so we should produce more than the 250 litres we Read more »