I was so excited to be invited back to the Sybille Canyon Vineyard for the 2012 harvest. Because we’ve been in such a drought and have experienced heavy heat this summer, the grapes were ready a month earlier than last year.
It was overcast when I arrived which was a great relief to the harvesters.
Even though it’s been a tough summer to get anything to grow, the buckets of grapes kept filling up, one after the other. We are thankful for the full vines!
The clouds moved out just as the sun was setting and lit the vineyard with a gorgeous orange and pink glow.
Everyone worked until the sun went down. Then we sat together and enjoyed delicious homemade lasagna as we celebrated Sally’s (the vineyard owner) birthday. Once again it was a beautiful evening with good friends, great food, and tasty wine.
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the very first harvest at a local vineyard. They harvested and I photographed at sundown and it couldn’t have been a better time for us and the grapes. The weather was perfect and the company was even better. I made some great friends, ate some tasty food and drank delicious wine made right here in Wyoming.
The first step was to get your clippers and remove the netting from around the vines.
Sally, the owner, was telling us that last year she had a lot of grapes and came out to start picking when she noticed the vines were empty! When she looked down, birds were covering the ground, bloated and half drunk from eating all of her grapes. So this year, the investment for netting was imperative and it worked.
They carefully clipped the grapes from the vine checking for bugs and removing leaves before tossing them into the bucket.
Buckets and tubs holding twenty pounds and more were filled to the brim.
It was such and awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back. Great company, great food, and delicious wine made for a terrific Friday night.
Thank you Sally and the Sybille Canyon Vineyard. I had a *hiccup* blast!