Sep 15, 2017
For all of the wine lovers out there it's no news that this time of year presents the annual harvesting of grapes and along with that, amazing photo opportunities at every turn. We grew ripe with envy when we discovered Alessandro Puccinelli's beautiful imagery of the Muscat harvest in Southern France wanting to transport ourselves to this magical moment immediately.
If you'd like a little backstory on the the harvesting of wine grapes, it's actually the most integral step in the process of wine-making. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels and winemakers base this all-important decision to pick based on the style of wine they wish to produce. I'm pretty sure the lovely woman in the last image may have discovered a bad grape. Enjoy and cheers!
How do grape growers know when to harvest?
The best wine growers are so familiar with the taste of ripeness that they can walk down a row tasting grapes and know intuitively when to pick. However, there is a fair amount of science to back this up. Just so you know, timing the harvest is the single most important decision a grower or winemaker makes each year.
Wine Harvest Season Chart