Last week, we harvested our last grapes of the 2104 season! The dry winter and spring had the vines growing very early, setting up this year’s harvest—which began and finished earlier than any prior harvest year at the ranch.
Our focus on working with a mix of small, new and established wineries is demanding, but also very satisfying. It’s only possible because of the planning and dedication of what I believe to be the top vineyard management company in Sonoma County: Bacchus Vineyard Management. They planned and conducted 49 separate harvests for the 20 different wineries of the seven different grape varieties we grow at Kick. Every harvest began before sunset, some as early as 1 a.m., to insure that we could deliver cool grapes to wineries in Sonoma and Napa early in the mornings. Bacchus Vineyard Manager Tony Bugica, crew foreman Eugenio Ortez and their most experienced harvest crews hustled at every Kick harvest.
Vintage 2014 is in the books and now it’s time for the winemakers to work their magic. And hopefully, it’s also time for that rain we need in the vineyards.
Here are some harvest pictures, along with photos of winery clients from Aril, Kale, Sanglier and Stark.