August 18, 2020
2020 Harvest Begins on the Hawley Estate
Sweet and juicy Estate Viognier grapes were the first to be harvested this 2020 vintage! These went straight into the press as whole clusters and will make our 2020 Sparkling Viognier. The morning of August 17th was met with a continuation of the previous day's uncharacteristic thunder and lightning storms and very high humidity. At 5am our vineyard management crew was masked and ready to hustle picking in order to beat the forecast 105 degree temperatures. They started in the Old Vine Viognier block on the north end of our property and finished with the vines near the crush pad. The weather took an interesting turn by showering us with heavy rain, but only for about 30 minutes or so. Jordan and Austin worked the press most of the day while Kristen took pictures and tried to keep June and Sampson pups from eating the grapes. All in all, we begin this harvest season with the same outlook we've had during all this COVID19 craziness- we are grateful to be where we are in the world and in the industry of making delicious wines for all our friends and family.
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