Harvest 2016: September 24 Syrah and Pinot Process-fest Recap

While Dave and Dan were off on their excellent adventure, picking up the Walla Walla Valley AVA Syrah grapes for our Firebird wine, growers Mike and Julie Slater of Tonnelier Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and Diane Nemarnik of Nemarniki Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA were busily picking our blocks of Pinot Noir. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to snag any photos at Diane’s place, but Mike and Julie sent us these from their vineyard:

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Mike Slater of Tonnelier Vineyard with part of our 2016 Pinot Noir harvest.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Look at that gorgeous 777 and 115 Pinot noir grapes.

With Dave, Dan and the Syrah safely back, it was time to gather a hoard of fantastic volunteers for an epic day of processing grapes. Among them, wine writer Tamara Belgard of SatiatePDX shared these great photos:

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Sorting line close-up.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Now THAT is a cluster!

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

A true journalist, Tamara believes in confirming her primary sources.

We also got some great photos from Fanfare Club Founding Member Jen, who shared these:

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

The grapes come tumbling down out of the harvest bin.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Weigh-in upon delivery.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Dave, steam cleaning the sorting line.

Repeat volunteer, and Fanfare Club Founding Member Mark, shared this great photo:

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Thank you #bellsup for allowing me to participate in this year’s harvest. I had a good time except for the spiders. Looking forward to tasting that great #syrah and #pinotnoir

Finally, after coordinating and cooking lunch, Sara showed up in time to snag a few pictures of her own.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Dave, Nick, Katie and Jen hard at work on one side of the sorting line…

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

…while Mark, Tamara, David and Doug sort on the other side.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

Meanwhile, Erica busily moves harvest bins of picked grapes from the back of delivery trailers to the weigh station to the sorting line with the forklift.

Bells Up processes pinot and syrah during harvest 2016.

And the cleaning never ends; Erica and Rick (the dry iceman cometh back this year!) work on cleaning harvest bins.

Finally, a little video of what the destemmed grapes look like, dropping into the fermenter.

Thank you so much to our amazing crew of volunteer sorters and photographers who helped us blast through roughly 5 tons of grapes in a record 4 hours. Unbelievable. We couldn’t have done it without Mark, Katie, Nick, Jen, Tamara, David, Doug, Erica, Rick, Mike and Julie.

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