Well today was the calm before the storm. Tomorrow the first grapes arrive. 5 tons of Pinot. This is a light load as normally we will be getting in 15 to 20 tons a day. This is a trial to get us going.
Today we finished up some last minute cleaning and got the crush pad set up (see picture). We (the 5 person Pinot crew) got a tour of the mega Chardonnay facility. Sonoma Cutrer's main bread and butter. This is an amazing facility. They do 200,000 cases of wine a year (the pic above is just some of them) with all the wine fermented and aged in one of 15,000 barrels! It is quite the operation. The Pinot facility sits on the other end of the property and pales in comparison, but is more laid back and fun, just my style!
Can't wait for the grapes to arrive in the morning. An exciting day awaits.