|Photo Credit: Curt Dennison|
|Our vineyard at sunset.|
|Hand harvest of Vidal Blanc, one cluster at a time...|
|Sangiovese, an Italian red grape.|
|10 Tons of Vidal Blanc, hand-harvested and loaded for delivery.|
So far the 2012 season is one of our best grape-growing years. The drought which negatively impacted the corn and beans for the second year in a row, is beneficial for the grapes. (Thus it pays to be diversified) Unlike last year however, when we had 45 inches over an 8 week period during grape harvest, this year the rains hasn't come in amounts that cause the grapes to rot and fall apart.
We have hand-harvested 71 tons of grapes in the last 3 weeks. My picking crew is dedicated and hard-working. Without them, we'd never get all the fruit picked. We have about 50 more tons to go over the next couple of weeks. The fruit is in beautiful condition, super sweet with these warm days and cool nights. 2012 should be a fabulous vintage!