Oregon 2012: Harvest Photo Journal (part 1)

It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for 3 weeks. We were anticipating a mellow mushroom harvest—good weather, drawn out picking, and a low pressure situation in the winery. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

The rains never came, the sun never stopped shining, and the nights remained warm. Fruit was ripening at a staggering pace and we were days away from being inundated with more ripe fruit than we could possibly process. That has been the tone of 2012: the polar opposite of 2011. Lack of sugar was our fear last year, excessive sugar is our fear this year. What a difference a year makes.

[The ’82 Chevy S-10, and my ride. Thoroughly Febreezed, a new battery, and some fresh wiper blades—my 2012 harvest ride, acquired in a trade for a case of wine.]

I arrived the day the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinots were being bottled, we couldn’t be more excited about how this wine turned out:

First day on the job, tasting the first wine I ever was a part of making. Kind of a special moment.

[The day I left last year, I hung my rain gear never expecting to see it again. Like a glove!]

The 2012 harvest crew. 150 tons of fruit, all processed by these four committed hombres. Ulices, Rob, Jaden, and Michael:

[Fruit samples. We are seeing some of the most incredible color for so early in the month.]

Mid-harvest lunch. Unfortunately it fell on one of our busiest days we ever had, but there is always time for Chablis:

More to come…


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2 Responses to “Oregon 2012: Harvest Photo Journal (part 1)”

  1. October 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    So cool that you’re back there!! Can’t wait for more. I’m in NorCal and its been high 80s all week- ugh.. ready for Fall. Does this vineyard sell down here? BevMo perhaps?? Best of luck!!

  2. Cami
    October 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Hope you’ll take lots more photos, particularly when your girl gets out there!

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