Last week a few vineyards got into the action of harvesting their fruit. This has been the hottest growing season on record and there have been more growing days than ever before on Long Island.
On Facebook I noticed that Macari Vineyards was harvesting Chardonnay grapes for a Long Island favorite, Early Wine. If you have not tried it, I suggest you do. Look for it around Thanksgiving. Also they were harvesting Pinot Noir for their sparkling wine. That information I found over at the New York Cork Report.
If you want to find out the latest information about who is harvesting and what is being harvested, check out the New York Cork Report. Not only will you find out information about Long Island wine, but you will find out information from every corner of our state.
The following vineyards also started to harvest:
- Peconic Bay Vineyards was harvesting Riesling
- Paumanonk was harvesting Chardonnay for sparkling wine
- Martha Clara started with Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
- Bedell cellars started to pick Chardonnay for sparkling wine
- Pindar Vineyards also was picking Pinot Meunier for sparkling
- Shinn Estate Vineyards received some Chardonnay for their sparkling wine and processed them
- Anthony Nappa Wines received Pinot Noir grapes for Rose called Anomaly
Another informative tool of the 2010 Harvest, Martha Clara Vineyards started a blog documenting their 2010 Harvest. They will try to make daily updates and at least one video recording a week. I found it to be very informative and you can see what goes into machine harvesting and how it works. Winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez and assistant winemaker Robin Epperson-McCarthy do a great job educating folks about harvest and what it entails. Below is the video that I am talking about.
I will try to have updates on a weekly basis from what I hear and read in regards to the 2010 Harvest Season. I also plan on being out at a few vineyards during the harvest so I can bring you the first hand observations.