Since the 19th September I have been based at Graham’s Quinta do Tua, covering the harvest for the Graham’s blog. Most days I am next door at Quinta dos Malvedos, at the winery, or up in the vineyards with the pickers, or else following along with Symington family members and their guests as they visit various quintas around the Douro – I hope to write about some of those visits shortly.
But best of all… One day I needed to get up to a very remote, high part of the Tua vineyards to photograph the harvest team working in one of the oldest vineyards in the property. Easiest way to get there: on the tractor which had delivered grapes to the winery and was heading back up with a load of emptied and cleaned crates. I had the ride of my life, thoroughly enjoyed it, crashing bumps over rocks, Douro Dust and all. Nothing like a view of the Douro from 300 or 400 metres standing in the back of the trailer. Shame there was no hope of taking pictures from there, but Henry Shotton, the Malvedos winemaker, kindly took this portrait before I set off.
For my previous tractor pin-up photo, see last year’s harvest in Burgundy Day Three.