Grape harvest in the making

Before you know Chateau de Thierry in Napier, Western Cape is harvesting grapes for their small scale production of world class Petit Verdot, Sauvignon, Viognier, Sangiovese and White Muscadel wines.

Silage

During the Winter rainfall period grass grows and farmers in the Overberg harvest it for silage. Some farmers bale the hay; others harvest the grass fresh, dump it between two ground walls; sprinkle salt on and compact with a tractor every layer and cover the top with plastic. Quite labour extensive but the end result is silage with a higher nutrient content. The cows on the Sanddrift farm of Jan Wessels in Napier, South Africa love it. They produce high quality milk. You may  say that silage  is a kind of  transformation.

Grape Harvest

With the grape harvest in South Africa about to begin I thought it was a good idea to ‘dive’ into my archive and re-process some harvest pictures of last year. Photo shooting at Springfontein Winery in Stanford, South Africa. Original RAW-images reprocessed with Topaz (Photoshop plug-in) in ‘opalotype’