NIGHTTIME GRAPE HARVESTING
By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY
Workers harvest ripe cabernet sauvignon grapes at the Shafer Vineyards “Borderline” site in Napa Valley, Calif., before sunrise to help keep the sugar levels stable and avoid “surprises” during the fermentation process. The scene at this vineyard is part of a worldwide practice that’s increasingly the way all wine grapes are harvested — in the dead of night.
Pickers can work longer hours in the lower temperatures at night — and also avoid the wasps, bees and rattlesnakes that come out during the day.
Harvesting grapes at night is common worldwide, says Gregory Jones, a viticulture expert at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. “I have seen night harvests in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Europe you name it,” he says.
When the grapes are picked cool, the vineyards can save energy because they don’t have to chill them before they’re crushed.
California produces 61% of U.S.-made wines, according to the Wine Institute, and about two-thirds of those are from grapes harvested at night, says Nat DiBuduo, president of Allied Grape Growers, a California wine-grape marketing cooperative.
At 4 a.m., Shafer Vineyards is alive with light and motion. The sun won’t be up for more than three hours but lines of pickers are moving methodically down vines full of ripe cabernet sauvignon grapes. They’re lit by huge bright lights mounted on trucks trundling alongside.
Workers harvest ripe cabernet sauvignon grapes at the Shafer Vineyards “Borderline” site.
Today, most vineyards use diesel-powered light towers on trailers to help the pickers. Still, there are some vineyards where they “don’t even use lights, they just have head lamps on the guys’ heads.”
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Yats Wine Cellars Philippines
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center (Tektite)
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 ask for Rea or Kristine
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For wine lovers in Hong Kong, Macau and China:
Yats International HK Sales Office,
Room 1302, 13/F., The Centre Mark
287-299 Queen’s Road Central Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong SAR
Tel: (852) 2788-0738 ask for Miss Eva Leung
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Clark Wine Center
Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building
Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,
Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023
0922-870-5173 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)
Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila
Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple: after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave. From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City. From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.
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