HISTORY OF THE 2020 VINTAGE, IN THE SHADOW OF THE PANDEMIC
A one-year feature story from May 2020 until June 2021
photography by matthieu alexandre
text by marjolaine edouard
"Of grapes & Men" has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2021 edition of the International Photography Awards.
If 2020 will remain marked in people's minds because of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 is an equally difficult year, if not worse, for French winegrowers, marked by spring frosts not seen since 1991. For some, it is even a dramatic year, between fire and frost, the 2020 vintage which was supposed to make us forget the crisis, will simply not exist.
(France, 2020) From spring confinement to the autumn harvest season : this feature story documents four organic viticulture estates of the famous “Coteaux-du-Layon” in the Val-de-Loire, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Four unique stories in the context threatening an unprecedented health, economic and social crisis.
"During the spring lockdown, we heard on the radio the call of farmers in need of labor."
"We volunteered and got hired as wine workers. That was the start of the reportage."