When is harvest at the wineries?
If I could predict when harvest would be, I’d be a rich man ;-)
In all seriousness though, harvest typically happens sometime between September and October every year. The weather in spring and summer will have a huge impact on how the grapes ripen. Harvest time can also be one of the best times of year to visit — if the rains hold off, you’ll have some amazing vineyard views, and sweeping landscapes … and you might catch some wineries in the middle of production, getting an opportunity to see things that don’t happen year round. Also, keep in mind that Labor Day is a fairly high traffic wine tasting holiday, so that weekend can be busy.
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R. V. Nord says…
Technically, “harvest” is at the Vineyard; processing the harvested grapes is at the Winery. I’m sure the scientific answer rests with the professionals who determine when the sugar content reaches the correct level.
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