The Balma Venitia
cooperative in Beaumes de Venise is a huge winery which aims to industrialize wine production without jeopardizing product quality. It is owned by a large number of vintners who grow the grapes and then deliver them to the cooperative which handles vinification and returns a finished, bottled product. In April
2011, my friend Didier and I took a tour through this truly impressive place, and we returned in July
to see how the grapes were coming along. Finally, in September
, we went back for the vendanges,
the wine harvest.