Here’s to the vineyard team working in the wind, the rain, the sun and the pain of protesting muscles. Here’s to the winery team fighting jet lag, sore muscles, cold high pressure hoses and unfamiliar languages. Here’s to the owner/manager/chef/cleaning lady/office girl/girl friday all wrapped up into one whirlwind who has no time for luxuries such as sleep.
We often laugh here at Mountford that the wine industry is far from the glamorous world that people think it is. When I tell people I work at a vineyard and winery their eyes light up. I can see them thinking we sit around and drink fabulous wine with fascinating people all day long. The reality is far from that (although our wine is amazing). But I have no right to complain since my job is about as cushy as it gets here at Mountford. I get to sit in a nice office and work on the computer. So this blog post is dedicated to the hard workers here at Mountford.
To the vineyard team rushing to get the fruit picked at just the right time. To the vineyard manager trying to organise it all with one eye on the precious vines and one on the sky watching for changes. To the winery team just in from overseas and having to hit the ground running, lifting, plunging, pressing, de-stemming and the non stop cleaning. To the wine maker directing, hovering, tasting, trialing, planning and losing sleep to make sure his creations come out just right. To the owner/manager rushing between helping out at the vineyard and making sure all who are here get feed hard-earned hearty home cooked meals whilst trying to get into the office to attack the piles of papers, phone messages and urgent emails that await within.
From all the fans of the wine that comes from the sweat off your brow and the ache in your back: We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s slight breather caused by the downpour and we thank you.
Heres to you.