Earlier this month we sat down with the Winemaker at Grace Patriot Wines to discuss all things harvest – including some of your burning questions that were sent in via social media. Check it out below!
What is ‘Harvest’?
For wineries, ‘harvest’ means grapes. It’s the time of year when the grapes are ripe and picked, and the wine making process segues from the vineyard to the cellar.
When did the 2015 harvest begin in El Dorado wine region?
This year, our harvest began in late August. But it all depends on the vineyard’s location and elevation. If you ask our neighbors in Fair Play or Pleasant Valley – you might get a different answer!
Why do some wine regions harvest earlier than others?
The timing involved in harvesting grapes is dependent on the weather and climate of the growing region, the variety of grape, and even the product that is planned for the grape. (Grapes for sparkling wines will be harvested earlier while dessert wines will typically be harvested later.) Hotter regions at a lower elevation would be more likely to have an earlier harvest than those of us higher up with a little cooler surrounding because heat causes the grapes to mature and the sugar content to develop.