We had a lot of friends and family come and help out each of the weekends, and we definitely would not have been able to get it done without them! So, thank you to EVERYONE who helped out. Also, another big thank you to our friends, Bob and Betty, who generously let us borrow their Gator to help haul in the grapes from the vineyard to the shop. That was such a help!
We harvested just shy of a 1/2 of crop this year. On some varieties, it was closer to 1/3 of a crop…we just took off more clusters earlier in the year. So, next year we will have at least twice the amount of grapes to pick as this year…more than double in some rows.
With that said, we know we will need more help for longer periods of time, so that will be a focus point for next year. We also have learned a little about the bird netting and will make changes to our efforts in putting that on and taking it off in following years as well.
Another little thought I have brewing in my head is a possible fall/harvest festival next year. It is just a thought right now, but stay tuned and we’ll see if that becomes a possibility. 🙂
Other than that, we have cleaned up the vineyard and put everything away for the year.