Wine Talk

Snooth User: JonDerry

In the Vineyard

Posted by JonDerry, May 21, 2015.

I think OT had a thread in Berserkers all about pictures of vines and vineyards...tried to find one on here but came up short. There was some talk of Limerick Lane (has a nice ring to it) on here recently, I believe Mark has some of the wines. Just now I noticed a nice picture of some Limerick Lane Vineyard rows posted to Facebook by Adam of Siduri.


Reply by Really Big Al, May 21, 2015.

You like pictures of vineyards?  I have a few from France:

Reply by RandyFisher, May 21, 2015.

Love the pics of the old Rhone vines Al. Amazing anything can grow there.

Reply by Really Big Al, May 21, 2015.

We really enjoyed our Viking River Cruise ; I'm not sure where we'll go next year.  We can't afford big vacations year after year.  In 2014, we went down to South America where Chile was the place to see for wine.  I would like to return to Napa in 2016.

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 21, 2015.

Randyfisher, nice to see you.  Funny thing is that some of the vineyards in the Rhone now haul in rock because consumers expect it.  It's not all natural. 

When I get home, I'll dig out some pix of the vineyards from last years trip to Piemonte.  I might also have some on my phone from last week in Amador County.  Nice start, though. 

Reply by dmcker, May 21, 2015.

Here are three locations in Italy. Not all my photos, but all places I've been, more than once. Pts for guessing where...








And one from California for extra credit (although it shouldn't be that hard, especially because I've posted it and those above on this site before):



Finally, if you want to see rocks in the vineyard, I've got one for you. Serious extra credit if you get this one...

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 21, 2015.

i saw Castiglione Falletto in one, and I saw what looked like Aldo Conterno's place in another.

Reply by JonDerry, May 21, 2015.

I pegged number 3 as Piedmont.

The first picture looks awful familiar, I'm sure I'll feel dumb to miss it.

ill say Germany for #5

Monterey for bonus CA

Veneto, or more obscure Italian for the extra bonus.

Reply by vin0vin0, May 22, 2015.

Haven't a clue as to those pics from Italy but I do have a few of my own to contribute.




OT's backyard:


Harvest in Puligny-Montrachet:

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 22, 2015.

Is the Willamette up near Amity?  It looks kind of rickety like Myron Redford's place up there, and the anti-phylloxera warning could be his.

Reply by dmcker, May 22, 2015.

Having been warned by OT in the past, I wasn't going to give answers for my snaps too early. However to keep things on track here are some hints:

  • top five photos are of Italy, three locations--one location has three photos and the other two one each
  • then one California vineyard,
  • then one mystery site, nation and continent not clarified.
Reply by vin0vin0, May 23, 2015.

Fox, the Willamette vineyard/winery is Kramer, they're in Yamhill-Carlton.

Reply by JonDerry, May 23, 2015.

Ok, for the last two of five D posted, I'm going to go with Capri for the highly sloped, 4th one, and Alto Adige for the 5th.

Reply by vin0vin0, May 25, 2015.
OK DM, I don't have any specifics but hopefully you'll give me partial credit for anything close.
Number one is somewhere north, possibly Trentino/Alto Adige.
Number two - no idea.
Number three looks like one of many small Tuscan hill cities.
Number four guessing someplace like cinque-terre.
Number five - very cool pic.
Extra credit - looks like one of the Napa mtns.
Last one - not too many places doing the pergola trellising, guessing Veneto or Trentino/Alto Adige.
Two more from my files:
Ridge Estate
Reply by dmcker, May 25, 2015.

OK, last call on my pop quiz--will post results for my first batch of photos tomorrow...

Reply by dmcker, Jun 2, 2015.

Kinda got caught up in realworld stuff. So after a bit of a delay...


  • Pictures one through three from the top are all of some very special vineyards producing very yummy Barolos.
  • Picture four is in Campania above the Amalfi cost and those are very refreshing whites (likely falanghina).
  • The fifth picture is of one of the many dirt roads into and through the Marche. Interestingly, a lot of pergola trellising there. I'm afraid I was more interested on a couple of trips into those dirt-road mazes in both winding out some highly tuned machinery we'd borrowed from up greater Modena way, and also trying to keep all the gravel and loads of dust from forcing us to head back to the shop. Here's a perspective view of all those hills and hummocks that have all those dirt roads winding towards the Adriatic:


  • The California shot is of some of Ridge's vineyards down in its original area near the Montebello plot.
  • The bonus shot is from a vineyard west of Tokyo in Yamanashi Prefecture. Good drainage, funky trellising, pain in the derriere (and neck and ankles and shins) to tend to and pick, but then many Japanese vineyard plots are small and labor-intensive.


Reply by JonDerry, Jun 2, 2015.

Ah yes the bonus image looks a lot like a Ridge ad or support picture now looking at it again. 

That angle on image #2 made it extra tough at first.

Japan? Now I get why we weren't supposed to get it, good to know there are vines there.

Reply by dmcker, Jun 2, 2015.

They've had vitis vinifera in Japan for 1200+ years, thanks to the Silk Road. Unfortunately conditions here are difficult (particularly mold and mildew), and it's only since the 20th century, and the latter part of it at that,  that they've really made any effort on wine.

Japan is a whole different country when it comes to wine, unfortunately. They have not done as well with their versions of this product than they have with just about any other. I'll post more vineyard pictures from over here, later.

The first 'Barolo' snap is actually of the broader Langhe area, obviously north towards the Alps. The second is an interesting shot, which is why I included it. The third was a dead giveaway, I thought. The Campania shot is of Furore. Four of the Italians (not Marche), and the California Ridge shot I've posted here before, so I thought more people would get them. Plus I'd imagined the valley and that mountain across it to the northeast would be a dead giveaway for the Ridge shot to some.

OK, for a chance to reclaim credit, here are five more--where are they? To make it even easier, these are of three locations in two countries....





Reply by EMark, Jun 3, 2015.

From vin0vin0's neck of the woods--North Carolina.


Reply by vin0vin0, Jun 6, 2015.

Quite apropos Mark, hard to believe a North Carolina NASCAR driver is producing fairly decent wine from NC grapes (and charging Napa tasting room fees). I have to admit that theirs is some of the better wines made here.

DM, gonna need a little more study time.

While I'm researching DM's latest, here's another of mine from Montrachet - weighing in.

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