Last step of the process, the harvest is the outcome of the year. It’s at this moment that we see the quality of the work upstream and its consequences. A healthy harvest picked up at the right time is the base of a successful winemaking process.
While the vast majority of the worldwide vineyard is picked up by machine we still pick up everything by hand. Despite the high cost, it provides several benefits: First the pruners can choose to eliminate bad grapes (due to disease or lack of maturity) to provide us with only the best ones. The second aspect is getting the grapes entire (not smashed) in the tanks to prevent the bad effects of oxidation on the juices. Last but not least, the vines are much better preserved this way and can last much longer.