Well, Here is my post finally. I know Libby asked me to write something about the winery I help at so today I'm sharing my experience working Harvest. I have found a new hobby and I'm sure Libby would tell you it's a fairly expensive one. But I like how you can make a product and be able to change so many things about it during the process. During the summer and fall for the last 4 years I have been able to be a part of the Harvest team at one of our favorite wineries.
Stoller Family Estate is a winery outside of Dayton, Oregon, just about a 15 minute drive from our house. They start around 8:00am every morning of harvest. The mornings are cool and filled with lots of fog so a must have is coffee so that you can stay warm while outside and in. The fog starts and does not seem to lift all that often in Oregon during this season. Stoller used to be an old turkey farm back in the day. When Bill Stoller got the property he decided to make it into a winery. There are about 300+ acres of grapes on the estate with many different varietals or types such as, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Syrah. The majority is the Pinot Noir since it is so popular and prominent in Oregon. Stoller makes about 40,000 cases every year and wants to expand more over time.
Here's a video that Stoller put together of harvest from two years ago to give you an even better look at the winemaking process . . .
One Day // A Harvest Story | Stoller Family Estate from AO Films on Vimeo.