Harvest is just around the corner and it looks like it is coming on pretty quickly. In the past few days, I’ve been out in vineyards in Sonoma County, the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Sta. Rita Hills and I am guessing we are about 2-3 weeks away from our first pick. These are the days that we follow the weather particularly closely as a cool down or a heat spike can change harvest timing dramatically.
As we write this, the 2016 harvest is approaching quickly! We are starting to see color in some of our vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Russian River Valley and other locations won’t be far behind. The start of color usually means that harvest is a mere 45 days away. This likely means a late August start to harvest – perhaps a week behind last year – but still remarkably early by historical standards. It appears that Oregon is even ahead of last year’s record setting pace. Yields are up a bit from last year in most places, but still down from the record highs of the 2012-2014 period.