Harvest work shown under way at Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield. It is the oldest family-owned estate winery in New York State.
We’re at the height of the fall harvest season, as you can see by the video supplied by the Niagara Wine Trail, and many vineyards in New York State open their premises to people wanting an up-close look at the labors of the harvest. Just call ahead to your favorite place to see what they have available.
Just one example among the state’s nearly 300 vineyards and wineries is Heron Hill where, owner John Ingle notes, “It’s autumn in the Finger Lakes, harvest time, and I feel like I’m sitting on a gold mine. It has been the hottest summer in memory and the result is ultra-ripe grapes. The sweetness level is comparable to middle or late October.”
The still photo above right, from John’s blog, shows work being done on Chardonnay grape picking at Heron Hill’s “Carl’s Block” area, a higher elevation vineyard, Those particular grapes will will be used in his unoaked Chardonnay because they have a higher acidity.
Heron Hill is located alongside Seneca Lake at 9301 County Route 76, Hammondsport. Phone: (800) 441-4241.
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