One of the most exciting aspects of harvest time is harvesting wine grapes at night. We do this for multiple reasons:
- It keeps the vineyard crews safer than picking during the high heat of the day
- It gives the crews a longer time to work without worrying about heating up the grapes which results in oxidation of the grapes
- 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!