Cooler Weather A Problem For Harvesting Grapes?

Well what a week. The weather could not have been better last week. Normally during harvest we are working in 100 degree heat most of the time. And it was even hotter than that last year.

Last week it seemed like it was in the high 70’s or low 80’s everyday we doing something outside at the winery. One day I almost needed long sleeves on. Crazy!

As good as it was for us it was not all that ideal for the vineyard. Cool temperatures and wet weather are recipes for disaster. Mildew or rot in the vineyard at this time a year would be terrible.

So although I loved theSonomalike weather last week I would much prefer the hot and dry weather we are a custom to here in Comanche. We need higher temperatures for the grapes to ripen.

The forecast this week has temps in the high 90’s, so we should be harvesting again by the end of this week. The wines in the winery are doing great. The 2012 Nero d’Avola is outstanding.

About Todd Webster

Accomplished winemaker, Todd Webster, began his career in the wine business as Operations Manager for a distributor in Fort Worth. It was in that capacity that he met Trellise and Pat Brennan. He joined Brennan Vineyards and began his formal education in Viticulture and Enology at Grayson College and Texas Tech University. Todd plans to begin the Enology Certificate Program at Washington State University next year.
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