A Fondness for Lower Yields

Aug 11, 2020 | Uncategorized, Vintage Journal

Over the past week we’ve been getting estimates on what harvest will look like later this year.  It appears that it is going to be significantly smaller than usual. The forecast for the Winderlea Vineyard is about 40% lower than it was for last year. We won’t thin the crop as much as we normally would, so we’ll end up making about 25% fewer cases than in 2019. Another very small vintage, 2010, is our all time favorite and we’re hoping this year turns out the same.  Other than rain at flowering, which contributed greatly to our low yields by disrupting fruit set, we’ve had pretty nice weather.  A lot can happen between now and harvest in about two months and we don’t control most of it, but winegrowers are optimists at heart.  The sun is shining today and the 10 day forecast looks good and that’s enough to keep us hopeful.  More later.