The harvesting dates are chosen after doing two analyses of grape samples, in which we check sugar levels, potential alcohol, pH, total acidity and potassium. These are backed up with careful monitoring of the weather and especially by tasting berries and checking that grape pips and stalks are as dry as possible.
It’s then time to get the family together, and within a couple of days, weather permitting, we have done the harvest.
We bring in the grapes in 18 kilo self-stacking plastic crates.