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The 2018 harvest of their Provence Rosé started on the 1st of September; one week later than last year. After a wet spring and a brief spell of hale, a calm summer has produced beautiful grapes; known in French viticulture as, “une belle sortie de grapes”. Chateau l’Afrique is the home of Rosé de Sophie; stunning vineyards nestled in the heart of the Cuers Pierrefeu terroir. These vineyards have now been harvested and fermentation is complete. According to Sophie Sumeire, “the 2018 climate was perfect: cold nights and warm days allowed the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness. Juices are already very full, deep, fruity and round, and proving a more citrusy rosé for this vintage.”

Harvesting continues at the family’s remaining Châteaux with the beautiful light of September shining down on the Côtes.

Here we see first pressing of free-run juice; pre-fermentation of the rosé wine and fining.