Night harvest in Napa Valley!

One of the most exciting aspects of harvest time is harvesting wine grapes at night. We do this for multiple reasons:

  1. It keeps the vineyard crews safer than picking during the high heat of the day
  2. It gives the crews a longer time to work without worrying about heating up the grapes which results in oxidation of the grapes
  3. The cooler grapes result in better concentrated flavors and more consistent sugar levels, resulting in a higher quality fermentation

Cheers to the hard-working vineyard crews who are out picking while most of us are in bed!

The photo above is from Ancien. That’s Pinot Noir coming in!

The photo below is from the crew at Bouchaine Vineyards. And below that, a photo from of the crew at Elizabeth Spencer.