So this year’s growing season has been a roller coaster ride! The rain and cold weather throughout April & May led us to believe that this was going to be a long season. Bud break was late and the sun barely seemed to be out. But Memorial Day weekend the glimmer of hope for a great growing season began. The sun was out, the weather was hot, and we had just enough rain to not have to worry about irrigation!
June & July were gorgeous. They were hot & dry, and veraison (the point where the grapes begin to change color) was slightly earlier than normal. We picked up enough degree days to move us from a two week late harvest to an ontime harvest. That was until August…
Since then you can probably count on your two hands the number of days you saw the sun. Even if it wasn’t raining, there was more than enough haze that the sun couldn’t find it’s way through. Which leads us to this year’s harvest. Although the conditions haven’t been the greatest, we still have found ourselves with grapes much riper than we expected.
After several days of picking, we brought in about 700 gallons of Pinot Gris from both our vineyard here at the winery in Kutztown, as well as our home vineyard in Mertztown.
After sorting the grapes to take out any unripe clusters, it was a quick trip into the crusher/destemmer and into the press. Two hours later, all the juice has made it into the tanks, and beginning of fermentation! In another week or so, the first of our juice will officially be wine!