Harvest updates from indie wine country

Published by Naked Ryan - 1st Oct 2018

It’s the most important time of year for your giddy Angel-funded winemakers…
Harvest!

And nothing can change the big, glowing smiles on your winemakers’ faces. They’ve been waiting for this month like a kid waiting for Santa… and it’s finally here! It’s harvest season y’all…  

From grapes bouncing into the hopper, to the waterfalls of pressed juice cascading into tanks, and the rumblings of barrels about the warehouse – your Angel-funded winery’s filling up with another year of scrumptious, mouth-watering wines.

The whole crew couldn’t be more excited – and you’re an important part of that team too! Without you, another year of world-class wines wouldn’t be possible.

Here’s a collection of favorite harvest updates from your indie wine guys and gals.

 

Ben Darnault takes in his view from Languedoc-Roussillon. 😱

 

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Vines vines vines #gettingclosetoharvest #vignes #vines #lesvendanges #2018 #gettingripe #ripe #nature #minervois #laliviniere #herault #mur #enrouteforschool #cematin #goodmorning #beauty #aocminervois #wine #vin

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…here he is hand-sorting Syrah (these are the grapes inside Minervois Plus!)

 

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Sorting the Syrah grapes #chateaumaris #sortingtable #syrah #lesvendanges #harvest #harvest2017 #grapes #raisins #recolte #minervois #wine #vin #handpicked #yum #ilovemywine #benjamindarnault #maris #localproduce #laliviniere

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Jonathan admires a fresh harvest from Saint Emilion

 

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#tbt to another Johan Berglund’s picture 📸 this is from the 2015’s harvest! And 2018’s is coming soon… 🍇➡️🍷😏 #chateauteyssier #saintemilion #harvest #throwbacktuesday #throwback #blackandwhite

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Jen splish-splashes around in Rutherglen with a “rack and return”

 

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Making wine is not all sniffing, swilling and spitting you know…there’s a lot of splashing involved as well!!! Here I am splashing some red around as I perform a rack and return to a beautiful parcel of Rutherglen Shiraz – a critical step in the winemaking process. Check out my vid to learn how and why it’s done. @nakedwinesdotcom @nakedwinesaus @nakedwines

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New winemaker Dave Harvey has Washington Malbec on the horizon

 

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We’re about 95% through verasion on the Syrah and Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon is at about 90% and the Cabernet Franc is around 85% complete. All is looking good! 🍇💯 – Winemaker Dave Harvey, Walla Walla, Washington . . . #nakedwinesdotcom #nwharvest2018 #winewednesday #wine #winetime #winelover #redwine #wallawalla #washington #washingtonstate #vineyards #winery #winecountry

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The Michaud cellar team moving Columbia Valley grapes to the press

 

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Black and white just cause. #choppinbroccoli …merlot #wawine

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Your Best in class Chardonnay winemaker, Jac Cole, samples grapes

 

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Katie hauling in the first grapes of the year – at the winery YOU helped build (in the south of France)

 

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We’re bringing you harvest updates from around the globe! Here’s one from winemaker Katie Jones – all the way in the south of France! 🇫🇷 “We are a week in to our harvest and have almost finished picking the whites. It’s busy, busy but a great time of year…We will start picking the red in a week or 2 which we will make into La Gare Fitou 2018! Here are a couple of photos from the vineyard and the train shed where we make our wines!” . . . #nakedwinesdotcom #nwharvest2018 #france #wine #frenchwine #winetime #winelover #winecountry #vineyards #winesofinstagram #instawine #travel

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…according to this evidence from Nicky Parish (that’s Matt’s sister!) New Zealand trees drop Pinot AND leaves?!

 

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#dunnolly #pinotnoir #northcanterbury #waiparavalley #nzwine #nakedwinesdotcom

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Adam “calls the pick” on his Shiraz in Barossa Valley

 

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Tasting to see if the grapes are ready to pick #rabbitandspaghetti #barossa #southaustralia #nakedwines #nakedwinesaus #sawine #instawine #vineyardvines #seaofvines

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Jacqueline loads up expensive Sta. Rita Pinot. Fruit from this vineyard can go for $50 a bottle (good thing you’re on the inside track)

 

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Last lot of Pinot going into the press!

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Ben channeling his inner mad scientist, developing a field blend for fun

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What happens next? #nzwine #naturalwine #fieldblend #orangewine #rootstock #budburst #agent ………..

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Alex night-harvesting Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg – to make sure her fruit is as juicy as possible

 

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a VERY early morning for winemaker @alexandrafarber – who harvested her Chenin Blanc from Prince Vineyard in Clarksburg, CA 👏👏👏 #nakedwinesdotcom #nwharvest2018 #wine #winelover #winesofinstagram #instawine #winecountry #vineyards #winery

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…and we can’t forget about Alex’s “Harvest Assistant,” Fletcher the Doodle – checking the soil composition, of course!

 

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In my element 🍇 I think I’m gonna like this harvest thing @miriamalexwines #mymomsawinemaker #vineyardvisit #napavalley #winedog #goldendoodle

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If you’re thirsty for more, you can get the latest harvest stories by following the hashtag #nwharvest2018 on the @nakedwinesdotcom Instagram page.

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