Video: a day at the International Wine Challenge 2018

A short film of a day’s judging at the International Wine Challenge.

Video: a weekend in Beaujolais for the Bien Boire en Beaujolais

Vineyards on the slop of Mont Brouilly

I’ve just spent the weekend in Beaujolais, home to one of my favourite grape varieties, Gamay. It meant an early flight on Saturday morning, and then an early flight this morning (by early, I mean alarms going off at 0300 and 0330 respectively), but it was worth it. […]

Video: the Nagano wine region, Japan

Here’s a brief video of my trip round the Nagano wine region:

Overview: Japan’s wine scene
Part 1, Kido Winery
Part 2, Domaine Nakajima
Part 3, Hyashi Nouen
Part 4, Kusunoki Winery
Part 5, Obusé Winery
Part 6, Manns Winery Komoro
Part 7, Villa d’Est Garden Farm and Winery
Part 8, Votano Wines
Part 9, Cantina Riezo
Part 10, Shinshu Takayama Winery
Nagano wine tasting and overall […]

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof 3, making whites

In the third and final video from the 2018 harvest at Gabrielskloof, in South Africa’s Bot River wine region, I look at how white wines are made:

 

Part 2, red winemaking:

 

Part 1: in the vineyard:

Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine ferments
Vineyard sampling
Collecting grapes
Pressing Chenin Blanc and sorting Pinot Noir
Pressing Grenache Gris and barrel work
The final instalment

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof part 2, making reds

Here’s part 2 of the three short films I shot during my 10 days at Gabrielskloof. Here I’m showing red winemaking.

 

In case you missed it, here’s part 1: in the vineyard:

Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine ferments
Vineyard sampling
Collecting grapes
Pressing Chenin Blanc and sorting Pinot Noir
Pressing Grenache Gris and barrel work
The final instalment

Video: vintage at Gabrielskloof part 1

While I was taking part in vintage at Gabrielskloof a couple of weeks ago, I did quite a bit of filming. So I’ll be making three films, and this is the first, focusing on the vineyards. Picking decisions, picking grapes, then picking up the picked grapes.

Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine ferments
Vineyard sampling
Collecting grapes
Pressing Chenin Blanc […]

Video: the Marlborough wine region, the grower's story

 

Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, relies heavily on growers. Wine arrived here relatively lately (first vineyard plantings of the modern era were 1973, but things didn’t really get going in earnest until the mid-1980s), and much of the development has involved farming families here planting vineyards, in order to sell grapes to wineries.

I spent […]

How oak barrels are made: visiting Tonnellerie de Mercurey, Burgundy

I recently had the chance to visit Tonnellerie de Mercurey, a leading barrel manufacturer in Burgundy. Barrels are pretty important to wine, because even though they are an old technology, they are still widely used, especially for more premium styles, and have a strong influence on the flavour of the wine produced.

If you’ve ever tasted […]

Video: in Elgin for the Chardonnay Colloquium

Here’s a film from my recent visit to South Africa’s Egin wine region for the Chardonnay Colloquium:

Videos of Germany wine regions

I’ve just uploaded some short films from visits to German wine regions. It’s a very exciting time for German wine right now, and there are lots of interesting things being made, and not only Rieslings.

Karl H. Joyner, Baden:

Schnaitmann, Württemberg

Fürst, Franconia

Leitz, Rheingau

Gunderloch, Rheinhessen

Donnhoff, Nahe

Loosen, Mosel

Villa Wolf, Pfalz

Jean Stodden, Ahr