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.
With Harvest done and gone at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, we finally are able to take a breather and look around at our beautiful changing vineyards.
Harvest 2013 was a bountiful one, not only for us, but also for majority of wineries in Northern California due to the very mild weather during the growing season. This weather allowed for us to kick off our annual Hands on Harvest event in September.
Hands on Harvest started as a way to have members of the trade and media out to our winery in Sonoma Carneros during the harvest season. As the name suggests, attendees are able to learn how to properly choose and pick grapes off the vines, learn about our extensive Clonal Pinot Noir program at the winery, observe grafting techniques and of course taste some of our famous bubbles in various stages of the winemaking process.
Due to the mild weather, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for our attendees, as they were able to witness first hand our very own vineyard crew moving at a gazelle’s pace up and down the vineyards as they brought in bright looking Pinot Noir berries.
Along with the great experience, the attendees actually will receive a case of their custom wine blend within 24 months of their visit. Custom labels and blend of Pinot Noir make the event a lasting memory for years to come.