The fruits of labour

Many of our Malbec vines are hanging with bunches of blue, almost black, grapes. The grapes are smaller than the original French variety, the skins on the berries are very thick and the colour is gorgeous!

Unlike the original French variety, our grape bunches will hang, ripening, on the vines for around 150 days. It is this long “hang time” in our warm, dry climate, as well as the thickness of the skins that contribute to making Malbec the signature wine of Argentina.

It’s a long way to go before harvest time, but let’s see what the weather produces in the next two months. Now it is weather that has the biggest influence on how our grapes will turn out.

Malbec grapes in our vineyard

A bunch of Malbec grapes ripening in the evening sun in our vineyard.

Stormy weather, one might say.

Christmas brought us a kaleidoscope of weather this year! We had planned an outdoor Christmas Dinner, as usual, with the aim of being outside in the cool for midnight. (Here the main celebration is midnight Christmas Eve/Christmas Day). The beef and the wine had been bought. During the day we worked, but as evening drew in so did the weather. Christmas Eve had started with temperatures in the 30s, but the sky clouded up and by early evening we were seeing almost hurricane force winds veering from North East to South West.  No chance of a barbecue outdoors! At 9 pm we lost power to the farm for the rest of the night, Continue reading

Bits and Pieces

Here, out in the country we often find pets abandoned by tourists and people from the city. Which is how we picked up our ginger tom “Titan” and how we also picked up a grey and white female cat we named Mrs Titan.  The other day Mrs Titan produced 3 kittens, 2 grey striped and 1 tricolour. Our Cocker Spaniel now acts in the role of aunty and licks them clean and generally helps out.

Mrs Titan and the titlettes

Mrs Titan and the titlettes

Today we heard that producers in our area (us) will be paid AR$ 0.85 a kilo for our apricots delivered to the factory. (About  11 pence a kilo). Which means that it will cost the average farmer more to harvest and transport his fruit than he will get paid. Continue reading