This past Wednesday M Cellars, that manages our vineyard machine picked our Chardonnay. The machine actually fits over the row of grapes, shakes the row with ripe grapes dropping down, and collecting very few stems and leaves.
The machine picker in action:
From our vineyard the Chardonnay went to M Cellars to get pressed, and stabilized (the juice sits for a couple days before yeast is added thus starting the wine making process). After stabilizing at M Cellars, we transported the juice to North Coast Wine Club. The picture below on the left is the pump system we used to get the juice out of the barrels we transported the juice and into the NCWC barrels that will be used for fermentation (before transferring them to oak barrels).