August was a very hot month without even a drop of rain. As in July, we were busy this month taking water with all means possible to the vineyards in order to save those plants that were suffering from serious hydric stress.
In certain areas where we weren’t able to irrigate, many of the leaves dried up and fell off the vines as the grapes continued to dry up day after day.
At the end of the month, we began to prepare everything we needed to face one of the most challenging harvests that we have ever had. We did everything we could to bring home the Glera grapes as early as possible. Acidity was dropping a lot and it was dropping very quickly because of the high temperatures.
The following are notes from Glera harvest 2015.
August 14 – We had a chance to try out the new tractor from New Holland. Our tractor is staring to have some issues and it’s time to start thinking about a new one.
August 22 – It’s time to start getting ready for the harvest. Here we are washing the bins that we will need for the nearly 15 days of harvest.
August 28 – Let the games begin! We spent the entire first night working the press. We ended up cleaning the press at 2:40 a.m.
August 29 – We continue to go back and forth from the winery to the vineyards to refill the empty bins.
August 30 – When we went to harvest the oldest vines, we found grape varieties that we had never seen before.
August 31 – During harvest, you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your family. So we take our kids with us whenever we can. It seems they had a good time!