Thursday, October 16, 2008

Last Day of Harvest

Today is the last day of harvest. We are picking Vidal today. We usually pick the Norton last, but the Vidal was taking it's own sweet time getting ripe this year. We also have a few Rougeon and Chambourcin hanging out there that will get picked today also.

This is a picture of the back of the harvestor. It goes over the row of grapes and shakes them with finger looking beaters, then conveyor belts move the grapes up and over; out the side arm and into the bins.
This is Rose standing on the wagon making sure the grapes go into the bin. It's not as easy as it looks, the harvestor and wagon go at different speeds, and the terrain is not totally level so the arm moves up and down as well as side to side.
This last picture is the Vidal blanc juice coming out of the press. It's a little green, but will clear up when we rack it tomorrow morning. All white grapes are green when pressed. It foams a little too.


grapestomper52 said...

I'm supprised at your harvest dates. Here south of Nashville, I harvested my Vidal 9/17 and our Norton 9/23. I had push both to the limit for hang time.


Elaine said...

Yes, this was a late year. I guess because we had a light crop last year because we had that awful freeze, the vines bore a heavier crop this year, and thus took longer to get ripe. Plus, Nashville is a good 5 hours southeast of here, and that could make your grapes ripen much earlier than ours. Hope your wine looks good, have you tasted it recently, or racked it yet?