If you ask any winemaker or vineyard manager in Oregon and Washington about the 2015 vintage, the conversation will quickly lead you to "never in my life..." or "earliest harvest on record..." It's true 2015 has been one of the most unusual growing seasons that the Pacific Northwest as seen in quite sometime. A mild winter leading into an untypically warm spring and unseasonably hot summer has accelerated growth and ripening of grapes at a rapid pace. Our Oregon winery staff is ramping up preperations for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris to start making their harvest debut in the coming weeks, which is usually harvested around late September - early October. However, our Washington vineyard and winery staff have now been thrown into the harvest season much earlier than expected.
It is normal for us to see our first Washington fruit, usually Chardonnay or Riesling, come in around Labor Day. Here we are now the third week of August and first fruit came in last week! The staff is excited and in total disbelief of this phenomenon. We are pleased to share this unique season with you. David and winemaking staff are pleased with the fruit that has come in thus far, fruit will be riper and richer than cooler vintages, like 2011 and 2013, and similar to what we have seen in 2006 and 2009.
Yakima Herald visited us at our Outlook Vineyard last week to document the first fruit being harvested and we are ecstactic to share the article, "'Amazing:' Grape harvest comes early for local wineries" complete with photos and video with you.
Stay tuned for harvest updates and events!