Now that harvest is over, you’re ready to sit back and relax, right?
What you are probably asking is: What needs to be done to prepare for winter and spring 2014? Is my nutrition management program lined up for next year? Are harvest shears cleaned and stored properly? What about bins? Oh, and the harvester (if you have one) – is it cleaned up, checked over for general maintenance and ready to be stored? Are you finished crushing and pressing? All that equipment needs to be cleaned and stored properly as well.
I like to refer growers to Mark Chien’s post-harvest checklist to help evaluate and double-check whether you’re really ready to call it done.
It’s a long list, but, truly, a wine grower‘s work is never done, whether you’re in the vineyard or in the winery.
There might be experimental lots for later blending or evaluating different strains or yeast or sugar levels or any number of factors that are important in your winery.
Whatever your plans, good luck! 2013 was a great year for many and just okay for some, but no matter what, I’m certain there will be some fine wines to try soon enough.