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October 25, 2021 | Vineyard | OS VINE

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest

The Aglianico and Montepulciano harvest for 2021 is complete! It was such a fun time but as always it is nice to have all the grapes out of the vineyard.

The Grapes

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - Cluster of Aglianico grapes.

The grapes have been looking so good and now they finally have reached their full ripeness!!! Pictured above are some clusters of Aglianico, our last variety to harvest. They took their sweet time to get ripe but they made it!

Harvesting the Reds for 2021

Aglianico and Montepulciano are our final grapes to harvest from the vineyard. They have the most complex flavors that really develop in the last couple of weeks. Those complex flavors are what make the wines so full bodied.

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - The Harvester finishing a row.

As you can see, the vines have already put on their fall colors for the harvest! It sure made for a bunch of pretty pictures at harvest time.

Dumping the Harvester

When the harvester is coming down the row, the dump buggy starts to get ready to get those grapes. Then by the time the harvester is finished with the row, the dump buggy is ready and waiting for the next load of grapes!

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - A collage of the harvester dumping.

The harvester can hold 3 tons of fruit in it's onboard bins. We can usually harvest a row before we need to dump the bins but if the fruit load is light, we can get more rows in.

A collage of the harvester heading into a new row.

Now the harvester is ready and starting up the next row! It will keep up the pattern until we're all done.

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - The harvester harvesting a new row.

Now it is time to head to the barn and get those little bins filled!

Filling the Little Bins

When we have a bunch of bins to fill, we stack the bins 3 high. Even though it looks neat, it is more dangerous for the person on top so we normally stick to 2 bins high (as seen here).

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - Filling the grape bins at the barn collage.

The Semi Truck

Once the bins are filled, they are loaded into the semi truck. We fill a refrigerated semi truck with the bins and then they are ready to head to the winery!

 A reefer full of grape bins.

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest is Finished!

Now the grapes are gone from the vineyard to the wineries and the vines are ready for their long winter sleep. It is so nice to be finished with another season in the vineyard but as always there is still work to do.

Aglianico and Montepulciano Harvest - A clean picked grape rachis.

Now, we will work in the winery/barn on our wines and the new grapes to be made into wine! As always, we are looking forward to next year and new grapes! It is exciting to wait and see what the Lord has in store for us.

While you wait for more winery posts, be sure to check out the links below for more vineyard posts!

Roussanne and Albarino Harvest 2021

Summer in the Vineyard

Bottling and Labeling Moscato 2019


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