Join us and help with the harvest! RSVP to reserve a spot today.
Our harvest is quickly approaching. Participating in the grape harvest is a fun, immersive way to extend your wine experience and education. Our winery team will explain the harvest process and show you how to harvest grapes from the vines. Afterward, join us for a harvest lunch made in-house by our chef and toast the harvest with wine!
Space is limited and reservations are required. Email us to get on the harvest list. Please include a phone number, preferred date, and how many spots you would like.
Tentative harvest dates:
Sunday, August 27th
Sunday, September 3rd
Sunday, September 10th
Sunday, September 17th
Sunday, September 24th
Dates are tentative and will be revised as we test the sugars, evaluate the juice chemistry, and see when nature is ready for us.
Tentative date for our Annual Grape Stomp (I Love Lucy style) - Sunday, October 1st
About our Harvest Parties
We begin harvest in the cool mornings, starting at 8 am, after a light breakfast. We finish when the grapes are picked but strive to be done by lunchtime.
As volunteers harvest, our team brings the macro bins – full of grapes that you helped to pick – to the crush pad. The grapes will be loaded into the crusher/destemmer and prepared for crush. After the harvest, enjoy a hearty lunch with the group. Also, watch the crush process and even taste some of the free run juice!
This communal experience of working together to bring in the annual harvest is best shared with family and friends. Sign up with a group or make new friends when you join us. Email us to get details or sign up in the Tasting Room at the winery. Once we're ready to harvest, we'll email you in advance with instructions on what to wear and how to prepare. Hint: It's simple and basic.
Preparing for Harvest
Below, Shriti holds a refractometer that is used to measure the sugar level in a grape's juices. It's one way that we determine when grapes are ready to harvest. Veraison, a French term that describes the change in grape color, is another visual clue. As red grapes ripen, they begin to develop color as sugar levels develop. The skin of green grapes grow more translucent as they ripen. Below, compare photos of grapes from mid-July to early August. Soon, our grapes will be ready to harvest, full of sweetness and heady aroma.
We'll see you in the vineyard and Tasting Room soon! Sign up today to RSVP for our Harvest Party!
Creative director Pete Dulin documents wine, food and operations at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery through writing and photography.