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We’re at the six week mark of harvest!

Harvest began in Washington this year on August 17th, with a pick of Chardonnay for sparkling wine at Hilltop Vineyard in Yakima Valley. Most winemakers I’ve spoken with recently have reported they have brought in about 60% of their fruit and expect to continue harvesting for the next several weeks. Hillary Sjolund, consulting winemaker at Wine Boss in Richland, provided on Facebook the following summary of 2018, which I have combined with her summary from the same point at previous vintages:

Tons received by Oct. 1st:
2015 - 540 (82% complete)
2016 - 419 (67% complete)
2017 - 211 (38% complete)
2018 - 312 (~60% complete)

Winemakers I've talked with recently have noted the exceptional weather in September and also the strong natural acidity of the vintage.

Below is a look at harvest based on what has been picked when and where. Enjoy!

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See information on the Washington State Growing Degree Days here.

See monthly forecast for Yakima Valley (Sunnyside), Red Mountain (Benton City), Walla WallaPaterson, and Mattawa.

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The information in the table below is aggregated from personal correspondence with growers and winemakers, as well as information posted on Twitter and Facebook. It is not intended to be comprehensive but rather is intended as a snapshot of what is going on around the state. If you wish to send data for your grapes or vineyards (or correct any of the information below), please email me at wawinereport@gmail.com, leave a comment here, or leave a comment on the WWR Facebook page.

Winery

Grape
Vineyard
Date
Notes
Columbia Valley
DeLille
Sauv Blanc
Sagemoor
8/28
First fruit
Baer
Merlot
Stillwater Cr
9/9

Bookwalter
Merlot
Dionysus
9/10

Eternal
Grenache
Lawrence
9/19
Thunderstone site
Eternal
Syrah
Lawrence
9/24

Rocky Pond
Merlot
Double D
9/27

Yakima Valley
Treveri
Chardonnay
Hilltop
8/17
For sparkling.
Karma
Chardonnay
French Creek
8/27
For sparkling wine
Buty
Sauv Blanc
Lonesome Spr
8/29
First fruit
Cedergreen
Sauv Blanc
Meek Family
8/30
First fruit
Sleight of Hand
Chardonnay
French Creek
8/30
First pick in ’81 block
Savage Grace
Sauv Blanc
Red Willow
8/30
First day of harvest at RW
Gramercy
Syrah
Red Willow
8/30

Owen Roe
Syrah
Red Willow
8/30

Côte Bonneville
Chardonnay
DuBrul
8/31
First fruit
Long Shadows
Chardonnay
French Creek
9/4
For Dance Chardonnay
Two Vintners
Chardonnay
Boushey
9/5
First fruit
Two Vintners
Cinsault
Olsen
9/5
For rosé

Syrah
Red Willow
9/5

DeLille
Merlot
Red Willow
9/7
1993 plantings
Lobo Hills
Auxerrois
Inland Desert
9/8

Treveri
Pinot Meunier
Marchant
9/10

--
Merlot
DuBrul
9/11

--
Syrah
DuBrul
9/13

Columbia
Syrah
Red Willow
9/14

Rocky Pond
Sauv Blanc
Double D
9/17
About a week ahead 2017
--
Chardonnay
Roza Hills
9/19

Cote Bonneville
Cabernet Franc
DuBrul
9/19
For rosé
Eight Bells
Sangiovese
Red Willow
9/19

Pearl and Stone
Grenache Blanc
Boushey
9/22

Fortiuty
Cabernet Sauv
Red Willow
9/22

--
Grenache Blanc
Conley
9/26

Cairdeas
Grenache Blanc
Boushey
9/26

Swiftwater
Grenache
Boushey
9/26
For rosé
Co Dinn
Syrah
Lonesome Spr
9/28

Gamache
Semillon
Boushey
9/28

Eternal
Grenache Blanc
Painted Hills
9/29

Cairdeas
Syrah
Boushey
10/2

Rattlesnake Hills
Perennial
Syrah
Portteus
9/8

Co Dinn
Merlot
Elephant Mt
9/10

Co Dinn
Malbec
Elephant Mt
9/10

--
Merlot
Pollard
9/24

Co Dinn
Syrah
Elephant Mt
9/28

Snipes Mountain
Co Dinn Cellars
Chardonnay
Roskamp
8/28
Dijon 76, 96
Co Dinn Cellars
Syrah
Roskamp
9/10

Red Mountain
Longship
Syrah
Red Heaven
8/28

Sightglass
Sauv Blanc
Artz
8/30
First fruit
Syncline
Syrah
Ranch End Rd
8/31
First Syrah
Saviah
Sauv Blanc
Artz
9/4
First fruit
L’Ecole
Sauv Blanc
Klipsun
9/4
First fruit
Cadence
Cabernet Sauv
Tapteil
9/5
25.0 Brix, 3.50 pH
Cadence
Merlot
Cara Mia
9/5
181, 25.1 Brix, 3.70 pH
Cadence
Merlot
Cara Mia
9/5
348, 25.0 Brix, 3.74 pH
Mark Ryan
Merlot
Quintessence
9/5

Mark Ryan
Syrah
Quintessence
9/5

Soos
Merlot
Ciel du Cheval
9/7
First day of crush
Auclair
Syrah
Artz
9/8
First red grapes
Long Shadows
Merlot
Red Heaven
9/11

Swiftwater
Syrah
Klipsun
9/13

Swiftwater
Malbec
Klipsun
9/13

Swiftwater
Merlot
Ciel du Cheval
9/13

--
Grenache
WeatherEye
9/19
Bush trained vines
Cadence
Cab Sauv
Ciel du Cheval
9/29
Last pick
--
Syrah
WeatherEye
9/29

Walla Walla Valley
Tertulia
Tempranillo
Riviere Galets
8/28
For rosé
Lagana
Chardonnay
Eritage
9/4
First fruit
Tertulia
Tempranillo
Whistling Hills
9/5

Sleight of Hand
Syrah
Elevation
9/7
Upper block
Va Piano
Syrah
Stoney Vine
9/8
First pick
--
Syrah
Stoney Vine
9/10

Woodward Canyon
Barbera
Estate
9/10

Locati
Sangiovese
Mission Hills
9/10
For rosé
WT Vintners
Syrah
Stoney Vine
9/10
First fruit
L’Ecole
Merlot
Seven Hills
9/11

College Cellars
Syrah
Cockburn Ranch
9/12

Sleight of Hand
Syrah
Stoney Vine
9/12
For Psychedelic
Sleight of Hand
Merlot
Blue Mountain
9/14
Binaural block
Buty
Syrah
Rockgarden
9/18
Phelps clone
Sleight of Hand
Merlot
Seven Hills
9/19

Boudreaux
Merlot
Seven Hills
9/19

Pearl & Stone
Syrah
Stoney Vine
9/21

Dunham
Syrah
Kenny Hill
9/25

--
Syrah
Eritage
9/25

Tertulia
Grenache
Riviere Galets
9/26

L’Ecole
Grenache
Summit View
9/27

L’Ecole
Cabernet Sauv
Waliser
9/27

L’Ecole
Cabernet Sauv
Seven Hills
9/27
Old block
Wahluke Slope
Milbrandt
Syrah
Katherine Leone
8/29
For rosé. First fruit.
Brian Carter
Syrah
Stonetree
9/8

Fielding Hills
Merlot
Riverbend
9/19
First fruit
Horse Heaven Hills
Bartholomew
Syrah
Coyote Canyon
9/12
First fruit
Bunnell
Syrah
Discovery
9/18
First fruit
Waters
Merlot
Canoe Ridge
9/18

Den Hoed
Cabernet Sauv
Wallula
9/19

Columbia Gorge
Syncline
Pinot Noir
--
8/30
For sparkling wine
Dowsett
Gewurz
Oak Ridge
9/19

WT Vintners
Gruner V
Underwood
9/19

Syncline
Syrah
Estate
9/20
River block
Syncline
Gamay
Estate
9/22

Boudreaux
Chardonnay
Celilo
9/26

Lake Chelan
--
Pinot Noir
Clos CheValle
8/31
For sparkling wine
Treveri
Pinot Meunier
Clos CheValle
9/10
For sparkling
Hard Row
Sauv Blanc
Glacier Gravels
9/13
First fruit
--
Pinot Gris
Clos CheValle
9/19

Hard Row
Grenache
Gary’s
9/25

Rocky Pond
Chardonnay
Clos CheValle


Hard Row
Pinot Noir
Gary’s
9/30

Rocky Pond
Semillon
Clos CheValle
10/2

Rocky Pond
Sauv Blanc
Clos CheValle
10/2


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