In the coming weeks the rest of our grapes will come rolling in. When the white grapes arrive they go thru the crusher/destemmer which takes off any stems and leaves us with whole berries. The grapes are then sent to the press to squeeze the beautiful juice out of them and put into a tank. The red grapes go through the crusher/destemmer, but they get fermented on the skins so they aren't pressed until after fermentation. This give them the great color and tannins we enjoy in our dry red wines. Harvest days start at 6 am and if we are in from the press by midnight, it was a short day!
|Grapes just in from Harvest (circa 2013)|
|Erich runs the grapes thru the crusher destemmer to remove stems, leaves, etc. (circa 2013)|