A photo essay by winemaker
Alex Krause captures the pre-dawn
beauty of the grape harvest
Dawn breaks at the Antle vineyard in the Chalone AVA not far from Pinnacles National Park
When the days get shorter and the fog permanently parks itself offshore, it’s harvest season in the vineyards of the Central Coast. Fall is often the hottest part of the year around here and that’s one reason most of the grape harvests take place in the middle of the night.
After just a few hours of sleep, picking crews and winemakers arrive at the vineyards around 2 am, working quickly to fill their bins by dawn. It’s chilly, especially in the vineyards at higher elevations, and that’s just the way the winemaker wants it.
“You want the fruit to … Read More