Harvest was again early with a late August start. Our Austrian interns were excellent pickers and the grapes at Generations Vineyard were at peak with bricks at a record 25 degrees. The bricks correlate with the sugar content in the grapes and at 25 degrees the sugar is very high. This bodes well for great wines! The grapes are de-stemmed, pressed and loaded in to a stainless steel tank for fermentation.
Today fermentation is expected to finish and we will rack the new wine from the leas and begin the process of refinement resulting in Slack wines. Our Wine Club Members will be happy to know that we have allotted ~300 gallons each to White Shoals, Pink Shoals and Rocky Shoals, our 3 most popular products. So popular, in fact, that each time we've produced them since Spring they've sold out within days. For those who are awaiting the next release, or for your reserved wines, we'll have all 3 again for Feast in the Fields September 26th!
Winemaker Tuck loading Chardonnel grapes in to the de-stemmer. He was up until 3 am the next night to finish these first grapes --- and to prepare for the next ones.