Plane tickets in hand, we packed the cameras and headed for a little bit of paradise, the annual Olive Harvest of Château Léoube.
On arrival, we unpacked kit and after a quick espresso headed into the Estate where the team gathers to begin the harvest. The weather provided us with a mix of heavy thunderstorms and a blend of glorious sunshine, but always with the aromatic Mediterranean breeze in the background as we set up for the shoot. What a spot!
The Léoube Estate uses traditional growing methods, a natural rhythm in line with the seasons, no artificial pesticides or chemicals are used and the hand picked crops and vibrating tongs means that within hours the crops is transferred to be processed, all brilliant moments to capture on film.
Planted in a mixture of hardy minerals and clay soils and caressed by sunshine and sea breezes, the olive trees at Léoube have their roots deeply planted in over 2000 years of history. 4700 trees, grown from three successive generations, produce two kinds of oil from the same varieties, both unfiltered and moulded by light and warmth.
Thanks to all the team at Léoube for your warm hospitality, generosity and teachings.
Learn more here or watch our short film below.