Just before harvest in Marlborough this year I completed a couple of days of photography for Pernod Ricard at the picturesque Stoneleigh Vineyard. It is an unusual vineyard in that it is situated in an ancient riverbed, as evidenced by the piles of stones close to the surface. The stones contribute to the unique nature of the vineyard, reflecting and storing the heat of the sun while challenging the vine roots to dig deep. It has been a marvelous growing season for vineyards and Vintners are cautiously optimistic for a great vintage.
As usual for a shoot like this, much of the work is done before a single shot is taken. Watching for a weather window, marking off locations and times to return, establishing a shot list and so on. Even then the weather can put plans on hold, as it did a couple of times when the clouds rolled in. All images shot with a Canon 5D3 and a variety of L series lenses. Post processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS6. Thanks to Claire Young from Pernod Ricard for great direction and Rod Brailsford from Stoneleigh for his help on the ground.