Thursday, September 25, 2008

Harvest 2008 Part 7

Well, we harvested our last grapes yesterday, Cabernet Franc.  They came in at 22 brix and I am happy with them.  Rain is predicted for the next 3 days and again next week, so at least I don't have that to worry about any more.  We will still be processing some grapes, however, as Sanders Ridge Vineyards has a few more varieties to harvest.  We are making their wine at our winery as construction heads towards completion on theirs.

 Work in the cellar continues to be intense as we try to get barrels re-hydrated and the red wines that were pressed and settling transferred into them, as well as racking the finished whites off their lees to keep them healthy.  Getting those reds into tanks is a must (no pun intended) as we need the tanks for the next grapes coming in.  And so the cycle keeps going.  It is a very intense schedule and we are all tired.  But, as a winemaker, anticipating the end result is what keeps me going.


  1. Hello,
    I am an amateur photographer and I am interested in photographing grapes on the vine. Can you tell me if that would be possible this weekend.
    Thank You,

  2. Angie, unfortunately, the grapes have all been harvested. In fact, the grapes hung a little longer this year due to the weather. So some of our harvest was very late. The best time to get pictures of grapes in our area is late August or early September. But you are welcome to take pictures of the grapes next year whenever you would like. Many people just stop by the side of the road to take pictures.