PICKING (WINE) GRAPES IN HEALDSBURG

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

I have always been so intrigued by the annual grape harvest. There’s so much ritual around it: the picking of the grapes at night, or at dawn – cooler weather is ideal for the sugar content of the grapes, I learned. A rainy day will affect the sugar content of the grapes too. So much thought has gone into the soil, the care of the leaves, the fruit, how much to water or to water at all. Wine-making is complex.

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

This year, I got to hang around for the harvest. We met at dawn in a parking lot and headed off to the field. It was cool and foggy – perfect picking weather. And the best time I’ve had at 7 AM on a Monday in years. Thanks, David, for letting me participate.

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

After we picked grapes, we brought them over to be crushed and start their long, slow transformation into wine.

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

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by Kimberley

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Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - October 4, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Absolutely stunning…

thecitygourmand - October 4, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Sounds like quite the experience!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - October 5, 2013 - 8:41 am

Beautiful pictures!

Sara - October 5, 2013 - 11:01 am

Sounds like fun! Great pictures:)
-sara

UrbanJungleFashion - October 5, 2013 - 12:22 pm

It’s great seeing the process that goes into making great wine! The photography was great as well!

French Toast Tasha - October 5, 2013 - 11:16 pm

I agree – lovely photos. I especially like the one of the shears on the box of grapes. Thanks for sharing!

Liria - October 6, 2013 - 1:03 am

Great pictures! It looks as an amazing experience :)

Hannah - October 6, 2013 - 9:14 am

Oh gosh I can almost feel the cool fog in those first photos, can almost smell that cold, clean, misty morning air. Just wonderful Kimberley. Thanks for sharing.

Ileana - October 7, 2013 - 1:23 pm

What a morning! Those grapes are beautiful.

ItalianGirlCooks - October 7, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Wonderful pictures!

The Sheepish Sommelier - October 21, 2013 - 10:31 am

Your photos perfectly capture the wonder and work of the harvest. Lovely!

Katarina Hauer - November 4, 2013 - 10:09 am

Hi,

I absolutely LOVE your photos!
Would like to share the link to your blog on my MOZAIK page
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I hope that is fine.
Keep up the great photography!
I love it!

Katarina

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