It’s been rather busy around here as we are right in the middle of harvest. D’s family was in town this past weekend for the start of harvest which is always wonderful. Last Friday we began picking a few of the blocks which is a section of rows in the vineyard. ‘We’ didn’t actually pick anything. People come in and do it for us and I have to say, I have never seen anything like it before. Really, I haven’t because this is my first year on the vineyard and all of this is new to me.
Imagine if you will, about twenty people scrambling up and down rows clipping the gape clusters as they go. When both of their big white buckets are full, they run, not walk, to the collection bin dumping both buckets simultaneously. Someone else is watching at the collection bin to sort through the grapes looking for damaged grape clusters that need to be discarded. They get paid per bucket full so the faster they work, the more they make.
I was out in the vineyard with my camera when they were picking and captured some of their impressive work.
From here the grapes are taken to a facility where they are sorted once more and then the magic happens. And then we wait and wait and wait.