From Grape to Wine, the following pictures illustrate what has been going on over the last several weeks in Wine Country.
Fruit is picked and then brought in in 1/2 ton bins for processing.
After being de-stemmed, the fruit is then put through a sorting table to remove any unwanted material - i.e. stems, leafs, undesirable fruit.
Once sorting is completed, the fruit is then put into 1 ton fermenting bins, then inoculated and the magic begins
The ferment is monitored, nutrients are added to aid the health of the yeast, and the cap is punched down to ensure that all of the ferment is kept moist and active.
After a good punch down, the cap is alive with action
Once the fermentation is complete, it is time to drain and press the fruit. All of the wine is drained out of the fermenter, and then the remaining pumice is pressed to release more wine that is still contained in it.
The wine is then put into French oak barrels for aging and storage.
Every step of the way, from fruit to bottle, we take great pride and care. Harvest 2009, you have been great!