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August, 7, 2010 – Crush/Harvest time at Waco Vineyard

This Saturday, we will be harvesting our last batch of grapes. These are the deep south Norton grapes that are practically made for this area. I have been watching the numbers of sugar, acid, and pH, and the grapes are ready to be plucked, squished, and put into a vat.

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Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested

I know, I said I was going to try and wait until next weekend to harvest these, but it would seem that I still have some learning to do when it comes to determining when to harvest. The pH levels were at 3.4 just 5 days ago, and today there were at 3.5. It . . . → Read More: Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested

Video – Crushing and Destemming the Shiraz Grapes 2010

I have one video that I wanted to share to show the crusher/destemmer. It was after dark when we did it, so please ignore the messy garage, lol. We loaded about 450 lbs of grapes this time into it. I was surprised at just how fast this thing operates. I would guesstimate that it . . . → Read More: Video – Crushing and Destemming the Shiraz Grapes 2010