Friday September 17, 2010 – First day of Harvest at Santa Barbara Winery

Three weeks late but these Sauvignon Blanc grapes look very good. White wine grapes are not stemmed but loaded directly to the press – only the juice is fermented. We use a conveyor to avoid pumping and possibly tearing the stems and skins. The stems serve to channel the juice out of the press.
The whole process is designed to protect the fruit from possibly releasing undesirable flavors. The press itself is a giant bladder that slowly presses the grapes against the press screen.
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