Vintners predicting smaller grape crop
on 06/10/10 at 12:47 pmWine
Even at 76-years-old, Joe Rochioli wakes at midnight to oversee the harvesters picking grapes from his vines in the pre-dawn darkness. It’s a labor of love he’s enjoyed since he started picking grapes as a boy in his father’s fields.
But in all his years among the vines, Rochioli has never seen a crop like this. A cool summer followed by two intense heat waves took a toll on his rolling rows of chardonnay, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes.