Well before 7:30am, vineyard crews were in our White Springs vineyard in Geneva harvesting Pinot Noir. Approximately 20 crew members hand-cut each cluster of grapes and gently placed them into plastic bins that will then be picked up and brought to the winemaking facility.
Pinot Noir from our 16 Falls vineyard near Lodi was delivered last week, as were Pinot Noir grapes from Sam Argetsinger's vineyard near Hector.
Hand picking is more expensive and time-consuming, but it's worth the extra effort because the grapes remain intact. Keeping the grapes pristine as long as possible keeps the juice from leaking out prematurely; gentle whole-cluster pressing in the membrane press is also critical to keeping the astringent quality of Ravines' Pinot Noir that you have come to know.
Once all the grapes are harvested, our vineyard manager Doug and his assistant Patrick pick up the bins and deliver them to the production facility:
Stay tuned for more Harvest 2014 updates throughout the next few weeks!