Video: Night Harvesting Russian River Valley Chardonnay Grapes
Watching a picking crew harvest grapes is an unbelievable rush. Your eyes fight to follow the hooked knives slicing away at each stem. You hear the grapes shaking on the vines as the workers tug the canes. A tractor engine hums. You hear the men shout for more collection bins. But you can’t see anything–unless you follow the lights.
This is the beauty of night harvesting.
Jordan Winery harvests Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes in the coldest hours of the night, so the grapes arrive cold with crisp acids, ideal sugar levels and brighter fruit flavors. These videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at what a night-harvest entails–from the headlamps to the gloves and chilled breaths.