Tannat is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, South Africa, and in the Italian region of Apulia, where it is used as a blending grape. In the states of Maryland and Virginia, there are small experimental plantings of the vine, and plantings in California have increased dramatically in the first years of the 21st century. It has also been increasingly planted in Arizona, Oregon and Texas.
Tannat wines produced in Uruguay are usually quite different in character from Madiran wines, being lighter in body and lower in tannins. It is also used to make full bodied rosé. In France, efforts to solve the harsh tannic nature of the grape led to the development of the winemaking technique known as micro-oxygenation."
The full article is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannat
The Tannat grapes in central Texas are just about to be harvested. I'm considering going back out to photograph the harvest on Monday even the the job that started all my renewed interest in Texas wines is wrapped, delivered and billed. I guess I had so much fun the first time around that my invitation to this new harvest, which will be done with machines instead of by hand, just seems like a wonderful little mini-vacation, as well as a chance to learn more, first hand, about mechanical grape harvesting. All bound up with the potential to make new portfolio images.
My new wine expert friend, John, whose credentials in viniculture are impressive, handed me a bottle of his 2017 Tannat, made from grapes grown at the Rustic Spur Vineyard, and the wine was quite good. Different, and with much more forward tannins than the wines I usually drink. It's refreshing to try new interpretations of red wine and this was a fun adventure.
At any rate, my plan is to take one camera and one lens and spend all day Monday zooming around two different vineyards as the wine pros harvest various types of grapes from both. With a big machine!
The images above and below were done at Rustic Spur Vineyard at the end of July. I used the new Leica 24-90mm lens on the Leica SL (601) camera and loved the look I was able to get. This time I'll most likely mix it up and put the 24/90mm on the newer SL2 body. It will be nice to dive deeper into the differences between the two cameras. But nicer still to see something new and then to retire to the tasting rooms and sample the work of past harvests.
Or, "what I do for fun after I do it for work..."