Written by Neil Bernardi, Duckhorn Wine Company's Vice President of Winemaking, PJ Alviso, our Director of Estate Viticulture and special guest bloggers. This collection of insights on the farming, winemaking, production and all things Duckhorn Wine Company is a great way to experience the excitement of winery life.
It was with great pleasure that we started the 2015 harvest on Friday July 31st. Renee and her team at Duckhorn harvested just under 10 tons of Semillon, the varietal that typically comes in first for us.
Since then we have brought in small amounts of other fruit, including Viognier for Paraduxx, Pinot Noir from the Bien Nacido vineyard for Migration, and Pinot Noir for the Goldeneye sparkling wine! These first few blocks are outliers, but things will ramp up quickly over the next few weeks.
The beginning of harvest is always an exciting and stressful time for everyone, as we ready our wineries and brace ourselves for the long march ahead. Many facets of the winemaking process connect us to the growing season, but none so concretely as harvest. It is such an anticipated time, where we as winemakers make some of the most important decisions in the life of our wines. I am extremely proud to work with such a talented team that cares so deeply about the quality and character of the wines we are making.