You may or may not know that I have been travelling for the past couple of months!
Currently, I'm staying in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, working at Teusner Wines for a season of vintage. It's amazing how similar the experience has been in some ways to a tree planting season!
Vintage is the period of time in which grapes are harvested and processed for fermentation. Starting at the end of the summer (it's autumn now, here in the southern hemisphere!) And going until all the grapes are picked, crushed, juice fermented and pumped through to a tank and then to barrels. It's a very physical job with long hours while it lasts--gotta pick the fruit when it's ready! We are now through the peak of the season, with most of the Shiraz through, but we still have some later ripening varieties like Grenache and Mataro coming into the winery.
I am very much enjoying the job, and with an amazing crew of people to boot! Also looking forward to travelling all around Australia after the work is done!