At the Heart of the Harvest Season

From south of Avignon to the Nice coast, the vineyards of Provence have been renowned for millennia due to an exceptionally rich terroir. At harvest time, pride in this terroir comes alive under the expert hands of the region’s producers.
By Mélissa Darré

After developing in the spring, the grapes of the vineyards of Provence soak up the summer heat, swapping their green color for a golden white or purple, and each day saturating more and more with sugar under the bright Mediterranean sun. Once these precious varieties mature in August, some 600 producers in the region see the last days of summer mark the beginning of the harvest season.

Cutting the bunches, selecting the grapes, verification at the sorting table… a long process then begins among the vines, where everyone is busy until October, dreaming of making delicious nectars. And if the region holds its reputation for the quality of its round and fruity rosés, the vineyards of Provence do not for all that produce less full-bodied reds and fresh whites, highly appreciated by connoisseurs.

From within private wineries or cooperatives, vatting then takes place, in order to develop the essence of the colors and aromas of these wonderful nectars. A long process, performed by the many producers scattered across this area of nearly 26,000 hectares between the Alps and the Mediterranean, and which can be observed for the duration of an intoxicating ballet on the region’s sunny slopes.

At the Heart of the Harvest Season
At the Heart of the Harvest Season

The grapes of the vineyards of Provence soak up the summer heat, swapping their green color for a golden white or purple

Photography: José Nicolas
An exceptionally rich terroir
An exceptionally rich terroir
Cutting the bunches, selecting the grapes, verification at the sorting table… a long process then begins among the vines
Photography: José Nicolas
An intoxicating ballet
An intoxicating ballet
Some 600 producers in the region see the last days of summer mark the beginning of the harvest season
Photography: José Nicolas
The making of delicious nectars
The making of delicious nectars
Vatting then takes place, in order to develop the essence of the colors and aromas of these wonderful nectars
Photography: José Nicolas

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