Harvest time is usually from the beginning of March to the end of April The first grapes to ripen are the white grapes. Usually the Sauvignon Blanc in about the first week of March, followed by the Chardonnay and then the Semillon. Our red grapes, Merlot and Shiraz, follow during April. We hand pick our grapes under the nets into picking buckets. These get collected in a trailer and then placed in picking bins. The picking bins are collected with the forks on the tractor and tipped into a container which feeds into the de-stemmer crusher.
By hand picking all our grapes we ensure that the juice remains sweet until it is processed, safely encased by the grape skins.
We collect the buckets in a trailer behind the car. This fits under the nets without a problem.
The buckets are then emptied into a picking bin. A bin filled with Semillon grapes comes into the winery.
The bin tipping attachment on the tractor allows it to be rotated and tipped into the receiving hopper.