Each winter, when temperatures drop and grapes freeze, Finger Lakes wineries set out in the predawn hours to harvest those grapes.
I pulled into Sheldrake Point at 6:30 in the morning and quickly put my snow pants on in the truck. The headlamps were already bobbing around in the vineyard and I was rushing to get out there and join them. It was 10 degrees and snowing.
Here’s a few photos from that job.
A moment of morning sun.
Riesling grapes ready for the press.
Cabernet Franc to be harvested the following week.
Hand harvesting Riesling grapes.
Cabernet Franc inside the bird netting.
Frozen Riesling grapes.
The sky cleared for a few minutes.
Netting to keep birds from eating all of the grapes.
Cayuga Lake is out there.
Loading the tractor.
Pressing grapes while they’re still frozen.
Riesling headed to the press.
The sun came out as we finished up for the day.
David Breeden enjoying my presence.