I am Marina and I work with Alvaro at Antiyal. We are just beginning harvest and are going to try and keep up to date with new information and pictures this harvest. This past Saturday April 4, we started crushing our Cabernet Sauvignon from around the house. We had a terrific visit from Jordan and Jane from New York that came and visited the winery on Friday (and when I told them we were harvesting on Saturday at 6 am they were the first to get here.) Thank you both for being a great help!
This year we have three new machines a modern de-stemer ( Bucher ) and a selection table, and for us it has been like going to the moon!! Before the manual work was very heavy, so we couldn’t believe it when we took like two hours to crush, before it was like 8!!
No more bending over bins to select the grapes, and take leaves and stems out! (We are getting older so we need the help!) This year too we are crushing on our roof like we have always planned. In this way the grapes fall with gravity directly into the fermenters.
Our summer has been a bit hot, but now the nights are cooling down so we hope to get good rippening for our Cabs, Syrahs and Carmenere that are still waiting to be picked.
This year too we will pick a little Petit Verdot we have. This week we haven’t crushed but I think on monday 13 we go on with some of our Syrah.