Harvest is officially upon us here in Canandaigua. This morning we started harvesting fruit for Constellation’s Sparkling wine program for J. Roget.
Last week was relatively cool with lows at night in the 50s and highs in the mid 70s. This week it is supposed to be much warmer with highs up near 90! That would get things moving quite a bit on the vinifera varieties and I’m a little concerned that Riesling may be coming in earlier than expected if it keeps up. After the huge amount of rain from earlier in the season the later part of the year has been relatively dry and warm. It is often said in cooler climates that the weather in September can make or break the quality of a harvest. We shall see what the next four weeks have in store for us!
I hope to get out in the vineyards a bit later this week to see how the vintage is progressing. Hopefully we are seeing signs of Verasion in Cabernet Franc soon and the Riesling should be about a month away from harvest at this point.