Finger Lakes Wine Grape Harvest
October 22, 2009
A severe frost / freeze hit the Finger Lakes Sunday night October 18 /
Monday morning October 19 bringing an early end to the ripening of the grape crop
in what was a difficult growing year for vineyards all across New York State.
Frost damaged canopy -- vines already hilled up. Dresden, NY
Carnage in a low lying area north of Dresden -- survivors at the top of the hill.
Red Tail Ridge press pad -- ready to process a truck load of Chardonnay.
Red Tail Ridge's press and conveyor.
Red Tail Ridge's tank room.
Red Tail Ridge -- deer fence surrounds entire property.
Miles Wine Cellars, LLC -- modern Gregoire mechanical grape harvester.
Cabernet Franc destined for Brotherhood Winery after processing in Hammondsport.
Through the machine...
...nothing left this year -- frozen petioles and the leaves shake free with the grapes.
Riesling on the hand sorting table at Hermann J. Wiemer / Frost Wines, LLC.
The prized end product -- clusters completely infected with botrytis for making TBA style Riesling.
Botrytized clusters developing in the vineyard -- these will be selectively picked as the infection matures.
I hand planted this vineyard for Hermann over 30 years ago.
Pomace being composted
Purple Aster's survive a hard freeze
Frost damage at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars.
Selective damage at Lamoreaux Landing's vineyards -- elevation and variety seem to be at play here.
Lamoreaux Landing press pad -- my personal preference is to do this work under cover.