Muscat sec harvesting begins near Frontignan

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The 2019 muscat sec harvest looks most promising, according a winemaker from Hérault.

On Sunday, the harvesting of the dry muscat began in Vic-la-Gardiole, near Frontignan.

The harvesting machine crisscrosses the vines, picking grapes and sorting them while on the move.  During the last three weeks, Matthieu Carliez, Operations Manager, has been tasting the grapes, waiting for the best moment to start the harvest.

“For me, tasting is the fundamental part of the decision, to appreciate the aromatic side'”, he told France 3.  “There’s no machine which can do that, that’s our main role.

Once the grapes are harvested, it’s a race to drain, crush and then press the grapes before oxidation takes place.

In the cellar, the dry muscat is kept cool in 14 stainless steel tanks.

“Ten years ago, all the grapes were used to produce a natural sweet wine, but now almost all the production goes to a dry muscat”, explained Matthieu Carliez.  The wine is particularly popular with 25 to 35 year olds.

In this winery, the high summer temperatures have not adversely affected the grapes, Matthieu says the 2019 harvest looks most promising.

Source: France 3