At 1 am on Aug 17th Pablo, foreman, employee for 37 years, 2 Pellenc harvest operators, 3 tractor gondola operators, Macauley, and I gathered for coffee, safety review, prayer and the beginning of our 17th Coyote Canyon Vineyard Harvest.
By 3 am with a few belt tightening’s and small harvester adjustments we had completed our 1st semi load of grapes, Gewurtraminer, followed by 2 loads of Pinot Gris. The Earliest harvest on record has officially began. On Aug 18th Coyote Canyon Winery harvested its 1st grapes Albarino for its Sparkling Wine.
The week continued with harvest of Chardonnay grapes. The 1st merlot was harvested for North Star on Aug 28th and Aug 29th and Primitvo for Angel Vine and Prosser Vineyard and Winery. By Aug. 31st and Sept 1 Merlot and Chardonnay were in full Swing.
On Sept. 1 we harvested 1/3 of Coyote Canyon Winery grapes including all Albarino, Merlot and a large portion of our primitive, Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Graciano. Wow! Never before and probably never again will such a vast variety of grapes be harvested in one day. Justin is loving it!
On August 29th our vineyard had accumulated 2,936 growing degree compared to 2,641 on the same date in 2014. A difference of 11% or about 14 days. This is a record since Coyote Canyon was started 21 years ago. What will it be in the next decade?