Harvest began on Tuesday, August 4 with about one ton of Brianna being picked by hand from Newport Lane Vineyard. The hot weather drove sugars up dramatically in the grapes in that one vineyard. Sugar in the other vineyards where Brianna is planted remained below our target zone and then the weather cooled on Thursday. This will probably slow ripening.
We are also collecting fruit from the four vineyards that grow for us so we can analyze their juice for sugar, titratable acidity, and pH (strength of acid).
We are still finishing up pre-harvest maintenance, but are getting everything ready for harvest to start in earnest next week.