Harvest Season Has Begun at Mount Salem Vineyards

Those final days of the calm before the storm have passed – and now, Mount Salem Vineyards is entering the eye. Harvest season has officially begun, as our 10-person team is now harvesting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes at a Ringoes vineyard that we manage.

This week, we will spend hours at the 10-acre vineyard reaping the fruits of our labor after an excellent, warm and dry growing season. To get here, we sampled the grapes weekly, measuring their sugar level, pH and acid. We also tasted them and evaluated their skin color, seed color, and the condition of the grapes clusters and canopy to finally come to our conclusion – these grapes were ready to go.

Now, we’re cutting the clusters from the vines before taking the fruit to our Pittstown winery for crushing. Then, we’ll press the Chardonnay grapes so just the juice remains, and then fermentation can begin. We’ll also crush the Pinot Noir grapes so the skins and other solids can mingle with the juice during fermentation to add color, texture and mouthfeel to the final wine.

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Finally, in a year to a year and a half, we’ll be ready to share the final forms of these grapes with you – bottled fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

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