The process of harvest at a winery is truly exciting. Everyone involved, whether employee or volunteer, has an eager anticipation of the whole process. They remain charged, ready and willing to come at a moment’s notice, when the grapes are just right...ripe and ready to be picked and crushed. They also know that the schedule is entirely at the mercy of the grapes.

Posted on March 10, 2013

Domaine Pouillon Harvest and Grape Crush

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I really enjoy winery activities. My husband and I live in an area where there is an abundance of great wineries. My interest in photographing events and people has lead me to exploring the year round process of wine making. In an earlier post, I went to Domaine Pouillon winery and captured the bottling process. The big rush in the wine industry is harvest...or, CRUSH! And, at Domaine Pouillon, harvest is no different: wait patiently for the grapes to be perfect, and then GO, GO, GO when they arrive!

The process of harvest at a winery is truly exciting. Everyone involved, whether employee or volunteer, has an eager anticipation of the whole process. They remain charged, ready and willing to come at a moment's notice, when the grapes are just right...ripe and ready to be picked and crushed. They also know that the schedule is entirely at the mercy of the grapes.

Once the harvest begins, there is a flurry of activity. The grapes are ready, NOW. There is no waiting, no storing, no postponing. When harvest begins, there is an urgency that is palpable at the winery. Everyone there is focused on the task at hand. They are all passionate about this process. They are all committed to the success of the winemaker and winery. It is truly a labor of love. An organic process with wheels and cogs that all come together to ensure the success of harvest.

There is also a collective response to the entire process of harvest. It's like sitting at the dinner table with family or friends. The hard work and passion about the wine are shared by those involved. Everyone working knows there is a reward to be shared as well: that glass of wine that comes as a result of all their efforts. One that is shared with friends and family at the harvest table.

If you enjoy wine, or if you are interested in the process of wine making, visit a winery during harvest time. Most wineries have events that are open to the public...a great opportunity to witness the joy and camaraderie of harvest first hand!

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