Our 2018 Grape Harvest

Our 2018 Grape Harvest

Ask anyone: You can't make great wine without great grapes!  Br. Luis Cortez, our vineyard manager, reports on the 2018 grape harvest experience-

It’s official; the 2018 grape harvest is over!  On September 28th we brought in the last two tons of our Muscat, capping off an 84-ton harvest.  With all the monks and the help of some friends, we completed our mission in 20 days over the course of 6 weeks.  With 14 different types of grapes in cultivation, our harvest schedule ebbed and flowed according to the readiness of each type of grape; each varietal has its particular pace of ripening in terms of sugar, color, and flavor.  So managing the harvest schedule becomes an exercise in patience and, alternatively, in great effort as we wait and wait, and then pounce when certain varietals reach peak ripeness.  My favorite part of the harvest season is having all the guys out working together.  With eager and cheerful laborers like my brothers, the harvest flies by, leaving us with lasting memories.

--Br. Luis

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