We are expecting a very good grape harvest this year. With only a week or so before we actually start to harvest, we keep an eye on the weather because we don’t want heavy rain, hail, or high winds. We also need to deter birds from harvesting for us. So, the minute grapes are ready, we’ll be harvesting in a hurry. We taste the grape juice and then test it for sugar, total acidity, and pH (acid strength) before we actually start.

Right now, we are doing the last minute tasks necessary before harvest. These tasks include cleaning the harvester and our bins, cleaning out our lagoon aerators, cleaning up our shop at Tassel Ridge, and doing a last mowing before harvest.

We also cross our fingers that we haven’t forgotten anything important because once harvest starts, we may be really busy for 2–3 weeks with only a few quiet moments.