We harvested our first vineyard Monday, September 17th. We brought in a small amount (a little over six tons) of our Flocchini Vineyard pinot noir. This delicious fruit will make its way into our 2012 Grand Detour Pinot Noir. The Flocchini brothers, Andrew and Nick, farm this vineyard which is planted to both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast AVA. We are fortunate enough to get both varietals from them. These guys are so great to work with. They are the real deal. Andrew and Nick look exceptionally calm and relaxed in this photo because it was taken in early spring – even before bud bread. Right now? They are on the run. No posing in the vineyard for us during harvest! We thank them for their dedication to the fruit. This is truly the time of year we all look forward to. It’s always a little nutty, but more than anything it’s fun. The winery smells completely and utterly intoxicating with the smell of fresh grapes and fermenting wine fills in the air. I’ll be trying to keep up our blog update to date as more grapes start rolling into the winery. I’ll be sharing more about our growers, too. This is their time to shine. It’s like Christmas morning everyday here at the winery as Greg and our winemaking team wait for each load to arrive. Greg usually likes to greet the growers and their fruit when they arrive. He is sure to pluck a few berries from the bins to check out the quality. Thus far, he has been more than pleased with grapes.