Night Picking

We started picking our first block of Pinot Noir last night at 8:00pm. We do all our picking at night. When we first started night picking almost 10 years ago no one , or almost no one, was doing it.

It requires lights, of course, and our system has evolved from pulling a generator to having the tractor generate the necessary electricity – a system that David developed. The pickers actually prefer night picking – it’s cooler.

Initially we started at 1:00am and continued to daylight. The advantage of 8:00pm is that it doesn’t require getting up out of bed.
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