Today we hand picked 3 ton of zinfandel grapes to begin the process of making our 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel. At the beginning of next week the rest of our zinfandels (22acres) will be machine harvested. This same week our petite sirah grapes will be machine harvested at 2 different ranches. Shortly thereafter our 10 acres of head-pruned petite sirah grapes will be carefully picked. These will make premium petite sirah ’14 wine. Our last variety to be harvested will be our cabernet (4 acres) which will be crafted into our Fine Irish Cab ’14 and GFV Reserve Cab ’14.
As you can see the harvest is moving quickly after a waiting period as the grapes made sugar. If next week’s schedule is any indication, the harvest will be over several weeks earlier than usual. We are anticipating excellent tonnage but we won’t know for sure until the end of next week. Stay tuned to get the latest update!