That's right, 2Plank Vineyards has officially kicked off harvest, and there's no sign of slowing down. The first pick was Estate Grown Roussanne, planted at an average elevation of 1100ft and hand harvested on the early morning of August 1st. These grapes came in at 23.5brix (brix is a measurement of sugar), which is optimal for a fuller and richer style of white wine.
“We predict our red varietals, such as Syrah and Grenache, will reach full ripeness towards the end of this week, meaning one of our earliest harvests to date”, says Jason Wimp, co-founder 2Plank. “We’ve already deployed the bird netting, so now it’s the yellow jackets that we must fight off in order to preserve the fruit.”
Since the 2Plank Vineyard is farmed with sustainable practices in mind, no biosynthetic chemicals are used to warn off predators. This poses an added challenge when harvesting grapes because the high sugar concentration attracts a number of pests. To combat this issue, we employ old-school farming techniques such as cover cropping, which acts as a habitat for beneficial insects such as lady bugs. Additionally, the grapes are harvested in the very early morning, when the fruit is the coldest and the bees are at bay. This earth-minded farming approach not only respects the land used for cultivating grapes, but it also reflects our winemaking philosophy and helps to increase the quality of the wines.