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Harvest: A Thrilling Tale in a Brief Nutshell

Written By: Kelly DeLaMora


As a consumer, the word harvest doesn’t necessarily make your heart pound a little harder like it does to us over here at Gloria Ferrer. Yet, the word harvest itself triggers a sort of elated excitement for us Gloria Ferrer people (Think six year-old looking into a pillowcase full of Halloween candy.)


First of all, harvest is uniquely exciting for us due to the fact that we’re one of the first wineries in the region to go about the act.  Fun fact: Harvest 2014 just so happens to be one of the earliest harvests seen by our winemakers (the earliest having been back in 2004).  This is in part due to the weather thus far, and also because our winemakers prefer our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes relatively young—high acidity and low sugar are the qualifications of these grapes.  To be exact, Pinot Noir deriving from our winery’s Dijon clone happen to ripen the quickest, thus bringing them to the front of the harvest line.

Despite the fickle weather of 2014, heavy rainfall in the February and March months yielded plenty of excess water to fill our wells and also saturate our soil through bud break.  One could quite possibly say that the questionable weather was a blessing in disguise.

The morning of August 4th, 2014 was one of a particular majestic feeling.  As the early morning clock struck two, an array of workers filed into the winery and began their magic.  All hand-picked, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes made their way up to our whole-cluster presser. From there, these juices found their way into our stainless steel tanks for settling before finally throwing caution to the wind and thus inhabiting their new home—i.e “the bottle”—anywhere from two years to multiple decades.

Even though our nine different varietals have similar precipices year after year, each new harvest brings a unique flavor palate to our loved wines. We have yet to taste the fruits of this harvest, Gloria Ferrer winemaker Steve Urberg expects dazzling…possibly even sparkling results (pun very much intended).

So this is for you, my dear reader and overall lover of Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wine: as you navigate your way through your local grocery store after a long day at work and find that off-pink label of Blanc de Noirs, endearingly caress it in your deserving hands and know that we are just as excited as you are when it comes to enjoying it.