Harvest will be later than I expected

uneven ripening, 3 more weeks to go

uneven ripening, 3 more weeks to go

I tested the grapes yesterday and I was disappointed to find that my estimate for harvest is too early.  Now we expect the schedule to be:

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday July 28==chardonnay

Saturday, August 3 & August 4==merlot

TBD during the week==sangiovese

Saturday, August 10 & Sunday August 11==cabernet sauvignon<<<<subject to change!>>>>>

You are officially invited to join us for Harvest 2013!  We are usually at the vineyard from 7-11 and you’re welcome to come for as little or as long as you like.  Come for the fun and camaraderie!  Kids welcome.

If you have favorite pruners, bring them, otherwise we have extras for you.  Please wear a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and sturdy shoes. (I like to wear old sneakers and socks so that the pigweed doesn’t get me).  Some folks like to wear light cotton gloves, but they are not necessary.  Beware of the wasps, fireants, mosquitos, and be prepared for the heat.  Watch out for the mean old mockingbirds who think they own the vineyard!  I haven’t seen any snakes this year, but there’s always a first.

Also, Saturday afternoon and the days following harvest are the best times to visit the winery and see the wine making in action.  We can always put extra hands to work, so if you don’t like to get up early in the morning, come by in the afternoon and be part of the bucket brigade.

The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX 76571.  Feel free to send me an email to june @ saladowinery.com.  If you are lost the morning of harvest, call/text us on cell phone, (254) 466-5813.  More harvest updates will be available, and they are tentatively listed on our homepage under “vineyard” or on ourfacebook page http://www.facebook.com/SaladoWinery.