Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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Kostika says:

Love the first and last shots.

28th Oct 2007, 20:08

taniwha says:

It's a kind of exquisite industry isn't it? Half trucks and factories and half ancient oak barrels in ancient cellars

28th Oct 2007, 20:11

SLG NLI says:

wonderful series.
If I were a HL faerie it would be nos 1 & 6

28th Oct 2007, 20:12

OJ says:

Are you writing about the Czech wine industry then. I agree with Taniwha. It's a funny mix of industrial and artisan the looks of things.

28th Oct 2007, 21:03

Dhamaka says:

thank you Kostika
taniwha - also it's an industry with a lot of love in it. People may start wine making as a commercial enterprise but everyone I've met so far has clearly ended in love with the vineyards and wines
SLG - thank you!
OJ - I am and it is!

28th Oct 2007, 22:01

Kostika says:

I couldn't resist, had to HL (and SLG agreed with my faves). But I really do like them all. It's all jsut very interesting.

28th Oct 2007, 22:12

Euphro says:

Great shots! A very interesting narrative :)

28th Oct 2007, 23:58

Jig along says:

Great series.

Do you know if they still pick the grapes by hand or use mechanical harvesters?

29th Oct 2007, 00:47

One of these days you're going to go to pick up a suitcase and find it eleven stone heavier because I've stowed away inside it. I need to see some of these places firsthand.


29th Oct 2007, 02:58

Dhamaka says:

thank you again Kostika
Euphro - it's fascinating
Jigalong - the small winemakers obviously do it by hand, the larger winemakers who want to make quality wines also pick by hand because anything else would damage the grapes thereby decreasing wine quality. There might be one or two larger winemakers who use machines but it's not normal. People have been cultivating grapes in vineyards that have been running since the ancient Romans (if not before) and the better wine picking machines wouldn't fit!

Laszlo - you had better practice curling up tight too - and let me know in advance so I can train up to it. I'd have to do the 'carrying heavy stuff in hand luggage while trying to make it look light' routine because they'd never let me check your in.

29th Oct 2007, 07:10

winespy says:


both all the pics and the trip


29th Oct 2007, 09:41

billion says:

ha, love the grapes shot (no 4) an awful lot.

29th Oct 2007, 10:32

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29th Oct 2007, 16:06

nige says:

roll out the barrels...

very nice D

29th Oct 2007, 23:35

Dhamaka says:

thank you N

30th Oct 2007, 00:49

Viv says:

fab series

30th Oct 2007, 11:29