Done with grapes for 2012

November 1, 2012

As suddenly as it began back in September, it’s over! We topped off this vintage by bringing in the ‘second crop’, which is a small second wave of fruit that ripens up a few weeks after the main crop comes in. We managed to finish picking just the day before the rains came, which is fortunate, because rain tends to reduce flavor and promote rot.

Clusters of second crop are usually small and found high in the canopy. They are usually not quite as high in quality as the main crop, so we are planning to sell the wine we make from them to another winery sometime next year. It actually tastes pretty good this year, but with such a fantastic yield of main crop to select from we will be able to cull out only the cream of the crop for ourselves.

This has been a really big harvest for us, huge yields and stellar quality. Now we begin the long process of prepping our wines to store and age, and we begin getting our vineyards ready for next year. Be sure to check back to see how it’s going!

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.