Earlier this week Robert Mondavi Winery hosted its 43rd annual ‘Blessing of the Grapes’ ceremony in Oakville.
The ceremony provides a chance to “…pause in the otherwise hectic pace of harvest, allowing winery staff to acknowledge one another and the turning of yet another season.”
Along with the ceremony, the winery also provided a quick update on where its 2009 harvest currently stands…
Robert Mondavi Winery
Winemaker Genevieve Janssens shared details on the winery’s Oakville harvest thus-far. The winery has started to harvest Chardonnay and Merlot grapes and expects to begin picking Cabernet Sauvignon in approximately two weeks. Here’s what Janssens had to say:
The weather has been very cooperative. We have finished the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. We had some heat, but never more than two days in a row. The quality of the fruit is excellent. Everything fermenting at the winery is very aromatic and flavorful.
For more coverage of this year’s harvest, check out our special Harvest 2009 category.