Last week, our team of vineyard workers got down to harvesting the replacement vines, before the arrival of our 110 student harvesters this week.
What are replacement vines?
Every year, on our older plots, a few of our vine stocks pass on... young stock are planted in their stead so that the vineyard retains a certain density.
Why an early harvest?
The berries on these young vines tend to ripen faster than those of their older neighbors. So we collect their berries first, isolating them in their own tank to take advantage of their particularly floral and fruity aromas.
This ultra-qualitative process demands the expert eye of our permanent vineyard workers, who are easily able to recognize these vine stocks (average age 7 years) from the others.
The light rain that fell last Friday was not enough to dampen the morale of our troops.
It's with a light heart that our now complete team will truly begin harvesting this week, with beautiful weather in sight.