Discover what actually goes into producing a bottle of French wine.
In the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon wine production region lies the small village of Rieux-Minervois. It has caves for both red and white wine and a large-scale wine bottling plant tucked away in the surrounding vineyards.
The Rieux-Minervois wine cave (tradesman entrance)
Late September the wine making season begins. Early mornings begin with the grapes harvested from the surrounding vineyards. This process is both scientific and mystical, because with early mornings and just the right ambient temperature the best crop will be achieved.
Tractor drivers and hand grape pickers depart in all directions to the far reaches of the Languedoc's grape laden vineyards.
What is harvested, collected and returned to the caves for the start of the vinification process is the raw grape.
The red harvested grapes are transferred to the cave containing two storey high concrete fermentation tanks.
The Rieux-Minervois cave containing concrete wine fermentation tanks
The white harvested grapes are transferred to the cave containing stainless steel fermentation vessels.
The Rieux-Minervois cave containing stainless steel white grape fermentation vessels
When it comes to producing a good bottle of wine, technology plays quite a big part. Science is mixed with traditional age-old wine making methods to produce a taste to the palate that appeals to the masses.
21st Century technology is combined with traditional wooden barrels that age the wine
Technology again at play applying the labels and puts the corks in the necks of the bottles
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