Vineyard Harvest For Newbies

Sonoma County Harvest 2014When we talk about how one can know whether their vineyard grapes are ready for harvest, we usually end up with one answer- there is no one sure indicator that would tell you when to pick the grapes. You could have a training yard for your small vineyard or acres of land flourishing with vineyard grapes. Following are the top tips when it comes to knowing the right time to harvest.

Do You Know The Sweetness Level?

Picking Vineyard grapes differs slightly then the way you would want your table grapes to be like. Vineyard grapes are always better than your regular grapes. This is because of the sucrose present in the grapes that you measure through the value of Brix. There are many methods and tools that can help you measure Brix. It is the sweetness level of grapes that determines the alcohol level.

Hydrometer is the most tradition and popular tool that helps you measure Brix. Part of managing an entire vineyard is that you also take care of the record of Brix each week or each mounts up to. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep up the practice of checking the sweetness level at these intervals. Also remember that the Brix won’t keep on getting better as time goes by, in unfortunate circumstances rain leads to the grapes swelling and basically being ruined due to the misbalancing of sweetness and acidity that is caused.

Ripe Grapes

However only the sweetness level and ultimately the Brix do not determine whether the grape is ready to be picked or not. The Grape needs to be physically ripe too. We are talking seeds, skin and stems. A ripe vineyard grape is one where the color changes from your ordinary grape green to yellowish and the seeds will taste relatively less bitter. This aspect of ripeness is what makes the resulting wine tannin taste sweeter. Tannin is supposed to affect a wine’s aftertaste or what is commonly referred to as the wine’s finish.

Try Your Hand At It

If this is your first time tending to a vineyard and you want to avoid any beginner’s blunders that you are afraid of then you might want to get a taste of the experience. You can always visit a vineyard harvest. There are tons of wineries that are understaffed during the time of their vineyard harvest. Hand harvesting is one of the many things that you will experience doing if you volunteer and as a bonus you can also see or ask questions on all that you are concerned about.

In order to make sure that you are managing the vineyard right you need to be able to equip your land with the right vineyard supplies and equipment. One of the quality places you can look up and buy the best ranch and vineyard supplies at Cameron & Cameron Inc.

Vineyard Supplies: Picking Lugs

Hello. This is Gerry Cameron at Cameron & Cameron, here to talk today about picking lugs. We have two styles of lugs. We have the OSHA approved 30-pound picking lug, and then we have the old faithful, been around for years, 40-pound lug. The difference between the two is, the 30-pound lug is going to help you at later on in the day. Your back’s not gonna be quite as sore, it is still stackable. It stacks differently than the 40-pound lug in that it stacks up and down and not cross ways. The 30-pound lug is what most ranchers are going to nowadays when they ask for the new ergonomically correct lug, is we’re referring to this gray 30-pound lug.

The 40-pound lug is what has been around for years. The history of the lug is it used to be a much heavier-duty thicker fiberglass picking lug. It is a stackable lug, differently than the 30-pound lug in that it stacks cross ways; goes from here to there. It’s a little more stable when you stack ‘em. You can maybe stack several higher, several high in the 40-pound lug. We do carry both in stock here at Cameron & Cameron. We look forward to answering any questions. Feel free to call us anytime. Thank you.