End of Harvest

We are almost at the end of harvest. It has been a very good one with very high quality grapes. We have one more day of Petite Sirah, a variety that is usually the last in and then we are done.

Meanwhile, however, all our fermenters are full and need to be pressed and the wine barreled. In the first image we are draining the fermented wine which has settled at the bottom below the cap. The large hose pumps the wine to the press which screens grapes which are invariably pumped as well.

The second image, now that the wine has been drained, we have to get the grapes. A large amount can be removed by reaching in through the opening but eventually someone has to jump in.

The bins are then loaded to the press.

The actors in this drama are winemaker Bruce McGuire and his two stalwart assistants, Dan and Alex, who have been doing harvest with him for several years.

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