Tag Archives: harvest

• Bitter Cold This Winter Brings Ideal Ice Wine Season

Bitter Cold This Winter Brings Ideal Ice Wine Season

Wineries around the globe pinpoint the height of the traditional grape harvest season to create palate-pleasing wine. However, in the ice wine countries (Canada, Austria, Denmark, Romania, Germany and parts of the United States), it’s a game against Mother Nature, hoping that conditions are just right to make the increasingly more popular dessert wine. Ice […]

• Oregon Wineries Scramble To Harvest Before Storms

Oregon Wineries Scramble To Harvest Before Storms

The race is on at many vineyards across the Willamette Valley to pick as many grapes as possible before storms move in and potentially do some serious damage. At Archery Summit Winery in Dayton, crews armed themselves with buckets and clippers as they raced to get as many grape clusters off the vines as they […]

• Austria braced for small but high quality harvest

Austria braced for small but high quality harvest

The Austrian Winegrower’s Association has predicted an excellent harvest even if quantities will be less than average. Frost and hail caused millions of euros worth of damage earlier in the year and the AWA’s president, Josef Pleil, stated that the final yield would be between 2 and 2.2 million hectolitres below average. However, the quality […]

• Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Harvests in many of Europe’s main wine regions are set to start at one of the earliest times in nearly 200 years. A warm, dry spring and summer have contributed to an incredibly advanced growing season, a full three weeks in advance of what it would normally be in some areas. This spring was reportedly […]

• Sonoma County: Worst grape harvest in recent memory

Sonoma County: Worst grape harvest in recent memory

The fiery red leaves dotting Sonoma County vineyards on Wednesday provided vibrant proof that the grape harvest is nearly over. But hanging underneath the colorful foliage were dismal reminders that 2010 was the worst grape harvest in recent memory, with financial losses possibly setting new records in the county. Elias Torres, a longtime grape grower, […]

• Step-by-step report of O’Vineyards Harvest in the South of France (Languedoc)

Step-by-step report of O’Vineyards Harvest in the South of France (Languedoc)

After seeing all the interest in how Chateau Margaux brings in the harvest, it occurred to me that I haven’t really talked about our own harvest intake. So without further ado, this is how we harvest at O’Vineyards … plus all done with pictures taken by a friendly tourist during our 2010 harvest! It starts […]

• Hot, Dry Summer in Eastern Vineyards offer near ideal conditions…a 'rare treat' for US & Canadian winemakers

Hot, Dry Summer in Eastern Vineyards offer near ideal conditions…a 'rare treat' for US & Canadian winemakers

It’s been a hot and dry summer across much of the East, and where last year’s grapegrowing problems came from too much rain, this summer it has been too much heat. As Mark Chien, Pennsylvania Viticulture Extension Educator, noted in a recent newsletter, in 2009 southeastern Pennsylvania had one day over 90° but in 2010 […]

• 2010 Harvest Begins in Champagne

2010 Harvest Begins in Champagne

The official 2010 Champagne harvest season begins on September 13th. All grapes will be harvested by hand, according to traditional practices, to select the highest quality grapes. “Due to a frost that we had earlier in 2010, the development of the grapes was slightly delayed this year,” remarked Champagne Bureau Director Sonia Smith. “Harvests are […]

• Oklahoma Wineries Buying Grapes Out of State – Tons Left on Vine to Rot

Oklahoma Wineries Buying Grapes Out of State – Tons Left on Vine to Rot

Editor’s note: You read this right. Why bother growing grapes at all? Ok, so that’s the way they roll in Oklahoma. “Oklahoma vineyards are harvesting their grapes right now. Unfortunately, due to poor sales, some of the grapes will be left to rot on the vine. In fact, some vineyards actually stopped watering their grapes […]