The first batch of grapes we took in this past Friday got inoculated with yeast and have started the fermentation process. Before adding the yeast the grapes were taken off of their cold chill and the temp was brought up so the fermentation temp will be about 55 to 60 degrees. In about 10 to 12 days the primary fermentation will be complete.
In the mean time we are still waiting on warmer, sunny weather for the grapes to finish ripening. It sounds like 10 tons of grapes are scheduled for Monday of next week - way behind schedule. From all indications though once they start coming in it will be a FAST harvest with an inundation of grapes!