Last night we wrapped up the 2015 harvest and as the full moon began to rise up above our new press, it seemed to mark a pretty exciting occasion: our 5th vintage!
We started our last day with ripe, exciting Riesling from Sunrise Vineyards which is almost always our last picked vineyard (this year being no exception). With the original Willmes press and our new Vaslin press both in operation, we were able to get through 3 press loads and finish just in time to see that big beautiful moon.
2015 was all about pushing boundaries in the vineyard, becoming more efficient on the press pad, and moving toward our goal of making great, hands on wine in the Finger Lakes. We are continually thankful to the outstanding growers who share our vision, and to our hardworking crew for their efforts this harvest.