Wine Harvest Has Arrived

September 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The nights are cooler, there's a slight crispness in the air, and the landscape is slowly changing from that of the glorious, bright summer hues to that of the rustic colors of fall. All across the Okanagan valley, the mood and energy has now shifted to focus on the all-important time of year that is: harvest. 

The orchard owners, farmers and grape growers wait with anticipation for this crucial season as their livelihood is dependent on the yield and quality of the crop. All their hard work throughout the spring and summer months lead up to these days-with hopes that all their efforts will not be in vain. 

Harvest season is especially critical for wineries who rely on the grape crops and crush season to make their award-winning Okanagan wines. Any damage sustained throughout the growing season, any significant changes or issues regarding weather patterns, and any pests or problems experienced will reveal themselves in the grapes and in turn, the wine they yield. 

Thankfully, as a result of a hot and sunny summer this year, winemakers are optimistic about this year's vintage. According to Eric von Krosigk, local winery, Summerhill is two weeks ahead of harvest schedule due to the ideal temperatures this summer. Other wineries are also experiencing an early harvest and are expecting to see good yield from this year's crop. Cooler nights have been favorable to the whites in the northern part of the region, while the heat and sun of this past summer have deliciously kissed the fuller reds to allow them to mature.

Chardonnay and pinot noir are first on the list for wineries looking to produce sparkling wines and table wines, with bigger reds and sweeter whites not far behind on the schedule. Already reports from Tinhorn Creek, Bench 1775, Cedar Creek Estate and Summerhill and more, reveal that harvest is well underway of a variety of grapes including sauvignon blanc and muscat. 

While harvest time may pass quietly for those on the outside of the Okanagan wine community, for those enthusiasts, workers and of course, winery/vineyard owners, harvest season is not only one of the most critical times of year but also one of the most exciting. All the love, passion, work and dedication that is poured into growing and nurturing the grape crops comes to fruition in the form of crush and of course, celebration. 

And according to von Krosigk, the 2014 harvest will indeed be a vintage worth celebrating. 






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