The harvesters… the hidden protagonists of the winemaking. Their work is very important and difficult at the same time. Without their precious work, the grapes couldn’t arrive to the winery as fresh as they are in the vineyard.
There are many challenges that the harvesters are facing with during harvest time. Sometimes they have to harvest at night, so they have to adapt themselves to the new schedule, or they harvest during day time but under the burning sun. Sometimes they have to harvest very short wines and they have to bend for hours. But I think, the biggest challenge is harvesting the vineyards with slopes! In most of the scenarios, the harvesters end up climbing and carrying up and down the baskets.
Although it is very difficult, there is also a positive side of the harvesting at slopes: the breathtaking view that you have ahead. Nothing can be better than working in a beautiful and natural environment. Moreover if you are working with a coherent team which is efficient and appreciates being ‘‘team’’ then the harvest turns out to be a harvest festival!
Wine is made for people, as all you know. Starting from this simple fact, the people should always come as the first concern, starting from the production. The first step of making good wine is having a happy vineyard and winemaking crew, keep them satisfied and give them the reward which fully corresponds to their work. Otherwise, it has zero value for me; even you are producing the best wine in the world.
These photos that I am sharing are the ones that I took during the harvest of a mountain vineyard in Napa Valley. This breathtaking view and hardworking harvesters come together in the photos and make me appreciate ‘‘wine’’ one more time.
All images © 2017 by Nedret Neslihan IVIT. All rights reserved.