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Fin des Vendanges

November 16th, 2009

Continuing in the vein of the completely different, but returning to Lebanon:

On my last trip there I was invited to a vineyard to attend the last day of the Vendanges – the wine grape harvest –  which is traditionally the busiest time of the year in wine-making.

In (very) brief, the steps in a wine grape harvest are the following: First, the grapes are collected, removed from the vines (duh, right?). Next, comes the pressing of the grapes where a press machine compacts them and turns them into liquid form. Then comes the transfer into containers where the young wine will ferment.

If you want to know more about the wine grape harvesting process, you could start here.

Seeing as this was the last day of the Vendanges, the grapes had already been harvested and the last remaining batch was sitting in a container, waiting to be put into the machine that would separate the grapes from the leaves and twigs and then to the press.

Here are a few shots for your enjoyment:

Grapes! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The case by case of grapes disappeared rather quickly:

Emptying the Cases (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/25sec)

The twigs and leaves, once separated from the grapes, ended up in this tub:

The Tub (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 52mm, f10, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Another picture without flash, to capture some of the movement:

One by One They Get Sorted (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/25sec)

Tossing In (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The view from the top of one of the machines:

Machine Top (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

These were some of the containers in which the pressed grapes would be transferred to start the fermentation process:

The Dial (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

Some of the casks in which wine was maturing:

Casks (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

The vibe at the vineyard was a very relaxed one, despite the efficiency with which each person did their duty. The family atmosphere was most palpable once the last batch of grapes had been processed, when some champagne was broken out with a cheer and cake was distributed.

Celebrations completed, the sorting and press machines were then rolled outside in the failing light to be washed in cold fresh water and cleaned before being put away.

Outdoors (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/160sec)

Here, one of the workers playfully sprays a colleague as he washes one of the machines:

Fun in the Setting Sun (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/250sec)

The view from inside the container that held the grapes:

Container (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The inside of the machine which separates the grapes from the leaves and twigs, as it was being washed:

The Separator (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

In closing, this here is my very favourite shot of the entire Vendanges, and definitely one of my favourite shots from the Lebanon trip. I love that the lag after which the flash fired allowed me to capture some of the movement, while retaining sharpness.

Cleaning the Machine (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

More pictures coming soon!

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