Wine Word of the Week: Harvest

By Kori ~ October 16th, 2008.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is harvest.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Harvest is both the process of picking ripe grapes from the vine and transferring them to the winery (or field pressing station), and its occasionally festive, if frenetic, duration. This transition period in the wine-making cycle from vineyard to cellar is also known as vintage (crush in much of the New World)…. Harvest typically takes place in autumn: September and October in the northern hemisphere and March and April in the southern hemisphere.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Harvest is a special time of year in the wine industry. Harvest is when the ripe grapes are picked from the vineyard and taken to the winery for crushing. Here in the northern hemisphere, harvest is going on right now.

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