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Behind the Harvest with King Family Vineyard


December 11, 2015 | Wine & Country Life

During the 2015 harvesting season, vineyards across the state were working long days as they picked grapes from the vines for local favorites—Viognier, Merlot, Pinot Grio, Petit Verdot, Cardonnay and many others—prior to sorting into the press and then the barrels for fermentation.

King Family Panoramic

Our editor, Sarah, spent a Saturday at King Family Vineyards this year with Winemaker Matthieu Finot among many others, learning first-hand the farm-to-table process behind local winemaking.

Picking Winemaking

As we helped hand-pick Chardonnay grapes from the vines and sort into the press, other grapes were already fermenting or undergoing green harvesting.

Working on the Grapes Winemaking

As a way to protect the grapes and vines from insect and sun damage, they were sprayed with an organic product made of light-colored clay. The spray served dual purpose, as it also acted as a reflector of the sunlight, enhancing the grapes’ flavor.

Enjoying the fruits

It was hard work but enjoying the good company and the fruits of our labor was well worth the effort. We look forward to partaking in next year’s harvest and in sharing some new local techniques!

Location: King Family Vineyards

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