Finger Lakes Ice Wine Harvest

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.

Giddy.

Here’s a few photos from that job.

 

 

 

dsc_5590Dropping lugs.

 

dsc_5843A moment of morning sun.

 

dsc_5588Riesling grapes ready for the press.

 

dsc_6611Cabernet Franc to be harvested the following week.

 

dsc_6024Hand harvesting Riesling grapes.

 

dsc_6643Cabernet Franc inside the bird netting.

 

dsc_5938Lug frisbee.

 

dsc_6171Frozen Riesling grapes.

 

dsc_5757The sky cleared for a few minutes.

 

Netting to keep birds from eating all of the grapes.

 

dsc_5710Cayuga Lake is out there.

 

dsc_6313Loading the tractor.

 

dsc_6396Pressing grapes while they’re still frozen.

 

dsc_6368Riesling headed to the press.

 

dsc_6457The sun came out as we finished up for the day.

 

dsc_6421David Breeden enjoying my presence.

 

 

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