Harvest is in full gear now and we’re only picking up more steam. Last week the crew had their hands busy with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc!
On September 5th half of our Block 8 Pinot Noir was picked, two thirds of our John Sebastiano allocation, one third of Solomon Hills was picked, and we received our 3 ton allocation from Fe Ciega Vineyard. All of the Pinot is looking gorgeous. Big, plump, and juicy berries are being brought in on a daily basis and we are quickly running out of room in our fermentation tanks!
Along with the plentiful Pinot harvest this year we got in an amazing haul of Sauvignon Blanc from Vogelzang Vineyard on the September 6th. In Billy’s words, “All of the fruit has been plentiful and in excellent health!” The berries were full of flavor and it was easy to see that we aren’t the only ones who love it. Our berries were being tended to by some local honey bees as well!
Even more good news, we have harvested Chardonnay from our estate Tinaquaic Vineyard. While the yields are down this year, due to lack of rainfall and a short spring, the quality of the fruit has not suffered one bit. The clusters are on the smaller side, but they are highly concentrated and flavorful. So far we have picked all of the Wente clone from Tinaquaic on September 5th as well as Clone 4 on the 7th.
Cheers to a solid 2013 Harvest so far!
Check in next week for more Harvest updates!
The Celebration of Harvest Weekend held over October 11-14, is our annual celebration of the year’s bounty. Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ranging from winemaker dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings.
The highlight of the Celebration of Harvest Weekend is the Festival. A grand tasting and silent auction on Saturday, October 12, on the beautiful grounds of the Rancho Sisquoc Winery. Taste wine from all the 100+ winery members, enjoy food sampling from the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors, and listen to live music.
The festival ticket price is $75 per person, and at the door (if still available) ticket price is $85 per person. Please visit the Celebration of Harvest website for more information about participating sponsors, wineries, vendors, restaurants, events, and to purchase your tickets.
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
6600 Foxen Canyon Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454