There is an excitement in the air. Commercial agricultural vehicles fill the roads early in the morning. The diesel engines provide an early morning wake-up call as they growl and hum outside our home. Large white fruit bins are stacked high in vineyards ready to be filled with the bounty of 2015! This is an exciting time of the year. The buzz is contagious as winery and vineyard employees embark on the “busy” season. 20 hour days, over night harvests, and early morning crush pad action are finally upon us.
I love harvest. This is the time when winemakers get the chance to showcase their skills. At Croze, we have not picked our first fruit yet, but we are getting close. I believe we will harvest our Chardonnay grapes in the coming 7-10 days. Overall, this season seems to be here a little early this year. We are a week or two ahead of schedule. That is one of the wonderful characteristics of agricultural business. We are never really in control. Mother Nature is always the one who dictates our time frame.
As we put the final touches on harvest preparations, there is a nervous energy. The vineyards all look fantastic. We are looking forward to the chaos that brings us to the end product that we all love. Cheers to Harvest 2015!