Ok here we are in the middle of a vineyard picking grapes – well not me exactly someone has to take the photos. The vineyard owner usually has a team of about ten or so pickers, some from the community and some who come in just for the harvest time. These guys start early before it’s too hot and work really hard to bring in the grapes. It’s back breaking work and I have a lot of respect for them.
After an extremely hard and hot day, the grape picking comes to an end and the weary locals head for the community centre where they relax by playing cards and drinking cold beer. They use Spanish cards and play a game which is complicated and impossible to understand to an outsider like myself.
After spending some time there, I was invited to help pick grapes tomorrow and to take my camera so I can capture the men and women harvesting their crops. I’m really looking forward to that even though I know it’s going to be hot! See you there 😀
I’m currently staying in a small and beautiful community called Linha Dolorata which is a wine making community set in the jungles of Southern Brazil. This area is part of the much under rated wine making regions of Brazil and produces some very fine wines and especially Champagnes. It is reported that the Champagne produced here is as good as, if not superior to, that of French Champagne which is quite an achievement in my opinion (still need to sample it though).
I have enclosed an image of the area and you can just see in the center of the picture Rio Taquari rs a huge river which runs from the extreme east of the Planalto dos Campos Gerais, where it is still known as Rio das Antas. On the bank of the river you can just make out a small and remote vineyard behind the trees. There are many remote and not so remote vineyards which cover a huge area of Southern Brazil and the inhabitants who run them originate from many parts of Europe such as Italy, Poland and Germany.
rio taquari rs
Stay tuned guys and I’ll add content as and when I am able 😀
Tomorrow I’m off to Brazil for three weeks. I’ve spent the last two days preparing and it’s just amazing how long the most basic things take. I’m carrying a full back pack of kit which uses so many batteries and I’ve spent the best part of today charging them. Anyway, I’m ready so I will hopefully be relaying my progress as and when it happens so stay tuned guys 😀 Next time I post, I should be in Southern Brazil (wine district) shooting wine production of Brazil
Final preparations underway and in just a few weeks, I will off to the deepest depths of Brazil. Three weeks behind a camera photographing the locals, the jungle and hopefully some wildlife 😀 This should be a well documented trip so on my return, I will be sharing some of my work on the Blog as well as sharing some of my experiences. OK, that’s my little bit of news so I’m not sure if I will be getting anything else done for the Blog this side of Xmas. But you never know 😀