The Harvest

Since our very first crop in 1998, we made the decision to hand pick our grapes, which we collect in trays.
We start harvesting when the berries reach the peak of ripeness, which we determine by closely observing each parcel and tasting the berries.
When the trays arrive at the winery, the grapes are sorted twice:

  • Sorting of bunches: any plant waste is removed and each bunch examined so only the best makes it into our wine, before the grapes are destemmed (done by hand on trays for the Clos Manou)
  • Sorting of grapes: on a vibrating table with manual checks.

All pre-fermentation operations are carried out under a carbon dioxide blanket to preserve the fruit's freshness and prevent oxidisation.