The Harvest Update
2013 has been referenced across the Valley as being one of the best harvests ever. About 27,000 tonnes of wine grapes with a cumulative value of just under $60-million were harvested in B.C. in 2012, in what was described as an above-average growing season. This year, at Poplar Grove, harvest is looking like we will meet or exceed last years tonnage totals.
The summer saw a long spell of warm, dry weather crucial for optimum ripening of crops. More warm days long into September sustained the amount of heat on the vineyards contributing to an abundant harvest. 2013 just may well have seen the greatest number of days with temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius than ever before recorded in the Valley – still waiting for the final verdict. As the heat continued, it was expected that some of the earliest ripening grape varieties would be picked as soon as the third week of September. The pressure decreased as cooler temperatures moved in earlier than expected, but Chardonnay was still picked the first week of October.
Harvest has been booming along at record pace; long days that begin at 7am and end when it is dark. At Poplar Grove we still have some of our Merlot grapes, much of the Cabernet Franc grapes and all of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes hanging in our vineyards. It is shaping up to be “an epic weekend” according to winemaker Stefan Arnason who said “90 tonnes of Cab Franc is expected to be processed on Sat Oct 26th - the biggest quantities of fruit we have ever processed in one day at Poplar Grove.