Where in the wine world are we? Getting plowed edition

While some of you might take the post title to have other meanings since it is new year’s eve, we are being quite literal. Check out this photo…where in the world are we?

Hit the comments with your thoughts. The big reveal will follow soon!

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37 Responses to “Where in the wine world are we? Getting plowed edition”

  1. Spain (or Portugal)?

  2. totally random….Umbria?

  3. Hermitage hill in Northern Rhone Valley.

  4. CorbiereMinervois region in southern France. Julie and I traveled down the Canal du Midi a few years ago and it looks similar to some of the areas.

  5. Loire Valley (or maybe Alsace).

  6. No way is that Hermitage. The picture would have to be tipped another forty degrees. Plus, there would have to be rocks, and lots of ’em. I’m going to say South America: Chile? Argentina?

  7. Greece?

  8. Tuscany

  9. Rumania? Near the Italian border?

  10. Somewhere in Italy?

  11. Georgia, the country not the state

  12. Burgundy?

  13. On the hills… Sicily gone biodynamic?

  14. Zind Humbrecht!

  15. Burgundy

  16. Chile?

  17. The horse drawn plow is (almost) a suggestion of a biodynamic estate.

  18. Coonawarra?

  19. Good guesses! But so far, none right.

    Some clues: Nice to note the slope–and the flat beyond. And for the geologists, out there, can you see the crumbling? And for the viticulturalists out there (come on, I know you’re there, both of you), what do you think of the trellising, if any?

    I don’t think the estate is Biodynamic. Traditional, however, yes.

  20. Pennsylvania? (the state not the country) 🙂

  21. Good chance this is Beaujolais.

  22. well he looks like a big Austrian, but then it could be Gerard Depardieu !
    Looks like he’s got plastic vine sleeves, but no wires or irrigation. The vines look like they’ve been ripped out (must be Chardonnay !) and he’s got a fast red plough. Soil looks loamy rather than stoney and its flat to the south. Can’t see any registration plates on the horse, although its a nice well fed horse, and the vigneron has no beret, sombrero, or stetson. God I suck at CSI, but I reckon its Southern Rhone.
    My wild card guess is Hungary!

  23. Albania.

  24. Could be Champagne, this is the New Year ! Isn’t it the white horse of Agrapart, Venus ?

  25. In Alsace?

  26. Ok, here are some assumptions.

    The pic *was* just taken this week.
    If they’re planing now, I’m guessing this isn’t Southern Hemisphere.
    If they’re working in T-shirts (and planting now), I’m guessing we’re looking at somewhere arid.

    So my out-of-left-field guess is Israel.

  27. Lebanon… near the Bekaa Valley?

  28. Montenegro?

  29. not planting, plowing, fresh vines no, look at the small gnarled goblets in the fore ground
    old area, gentle slopes, shirtsleeves, chunky soil, rhone area? southern logically,if not southern italy

  30. The soil doesn’t look quite chalky enough, but the vista and the pruning make me think Jerez (sherry).

  31. Maybe it is Germany, Riesling vines.
    Happy New Year from Spain.

  32. Well, thanks for playing along. The winner is…Philippe Newlin!

    The (not current) photo is, in fact, from the Beaujolais subregion of Morgon, specifically, the Cote du Py where some of the tastiest wines of the region come from. Jamie gets partial credit for pointing out the gnarled en gobelet vines. In this case, they are 85 year old gamay vines.

    The property belongs to Beaujolais legend Marcel Lapierre and the photo was reproduced here with his permission. You can see the original and other photos (and videos) and learn about his wine making methods over on his site:

    As to BioDynamics the site says, “Furthermore, for 3 years, we are testing the bio dynamic on some lands of old vines.”

  33. Looks like Spain.

  34. Arizona

  35. We had the pleasure of visiting the Lapierres last summer, and Marcel was kind enough to give us a tour of their properties, including the Cote du Py. This photo must be looking west, because, as M. Lapierre pointed out, looking east you can see the Alps from this location. Splendid wine, wonderful people. Thanks for reviving the memories!

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