By Guest Blogger David Grega, Winemaker/Co-Proprietor at Carlotta Cellars
Each year around the second week of September, we lock down picking dates for the first fruit of the season. It’s around this time that winemakers go through a series of emotional phases. There is hope, anxiety, joy and worry all rolled into one.
There is a vision of what we want to accomplish, of course things never work out exactly according to that plan but the same goes for anything in life. The human aspect of winemaking is born here, at the harvest. Choices are made, sweat pours down the brows of those who have the courage to stand in the arena and put it all on the line for a product they believe in.
Harvest is poetry in motion one minute and pure chaos the next. The worst part is always the week before the first fruit. The week we examine ourselves and look inward for guidance and strength.
This goes out to my fellow winemakers who find themselves facing harvest with excitement and anticipation. Keep your head down, put a smile across your face, make the best wine you can possibly make and feel honored to be apart of this great ancient tradition. Cheers!"
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