While plenty of time remains for conditions to change, Geyser Peak Winery is enjoying a near-perfect growing season and start of harvest. According to the Geyser Peak vineyard and winemaking teams, fruit set was strong and, so far, the vines are healthy with uniform clusters across all varieties.
“We started harvest on August 20 this year – about three weeks earlier than last year,” said Ondine Chattan, Winemaker. “Last year yielded a lighter crop and was more difficult, all around. In fact, the last three vintages have been very challenging, whereas this year appears to be very good to excellent, across the board.”
As of last week, Geyser Peak had picked approximately 10% of its tonnage, so the harvest is far from over. Recent cooler weather has slowed progress slightly, but the team of 40 seasonal employees is looking at an onset of warmer weather and full ripening for many of its varietals this week and into next.