December 3, 2021

Harvest season begins at California wineries

LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) — The wine business formally began its harvest season Wednesday morning in Livermore with the selecting of 4 tons of grapes at La Posita Vineyards and a blessing of the grapes by three native spiritual leaders.

“The best thing about Livermore is we work together. We are all friends, we all want each other to succeed,” stated Brent Amos, the winemaker at La Posita.

It is a custom to bless the grapes in Livermore, a centuries outdated ceremony to honor all the vineyards in Livermore and the individuals who work to reap these grapes. However from the seems to be of the grapes thus far, this harvest seems to already be blessed.

“The quality is good. The weather has cooperated. Livermore has had no effects this year from smoke or fires. Hopefully that keeps up,” Amos stated.

The vineyard nonetheless has 17 different blocks of grapes to choose over the subsequent couple of months. They know there may be nonetheless a risk of smoke if any wildfires ignite close by.

“It’s been good so far. We are hoping to keep up that momentum and roll with the punches,” stated assistant winemaker Samantha Bunegin.

Winemakers say it’s not uncommon or awkward to face with one another and obtain the identical blessing, saying they’re pleasant rivals and so they hope for a wholesome season for everybody.

“In the industry we are like brothers and sisters. We want the best for every single vineyard,” Bunegin stated.

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