Friday, August 24, 2012

Sun Kissed Grapes

Sun Kissed Grapes by susanvg
Sun Kissed Grapes, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
I visited a Quebec vineyard, Vignoble Rivière du Chêne, - wine-making is a recent industry in Quebec. These grapes will find their way into presses later this year for the first step in the wine-making process.

Vineyard

The rows of a many varieties of grapes stretch out, each grape ripening at its own pace. One specialty wine made in this area is ice wine. The grapes are left on the vines and are harvested when there is a week of at least -8C temperatures. The resulting wine is quite sweet - a dessert wine. This vineyard produces many other kinds of wines.

Fermenting

This is the next step - the pressed grapes (liquid for the white wines, liquid plus skins and seeds for the red wines) go into these vats for fermentation.

The resulting wine then spends time in oak barrels to reach its final flavour. It was fun to see how this happens - fun to taste a variety of their wines.

4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shot, Susan!! I love the light and seeing the fruit and leaves in their natural environment is 'heaven sent'! :) Bet the wines are good, too!

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  2. That lighting is perfect for both grapes and wine. Cheers!

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time being in the sun and green and tasting wine. I’ve learned Canada is the largest producer of ice wine. I like ice wine tea as well as ice wine.

    Yoko

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  4. Hi,Susan!
    I have not had ice wine produced in Quebec,but have heard your ice wine is special, also its making process is different from others. The lighting grapes are beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Tomoko

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