Harvesting Texas Wine Grapes

I hear that a lot of the Hill Country wineries have already started harvesting. The earliest harvest I can ever remember, and last year was very early.

We started harvest last year on July 18th. I suspect we will start earlier this year as well. Just this morning a got samples of all our white grapes and a couple of our red grapes to check on their sugar and acid levels. I will work on that after lunch.

I stopped for a few minutes so I could write this for you all. I have been out of town a few days for a last minute vacation before harvest. Normally you are safe taking off early July. I almost had to cancel my trip due to the early harvest this year.

Logistics are going to be a very key part of harvest this year. We are selling grapes to a handful of wineries, making as much wine here in Comanche as possible, and we are sending a lot of grapes to Lubbock to be processed there. It is a lot of harvesting and shipping at the same time.

My guess is that we will be harvesting by next week. I will keep ya posted.

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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