Friday, 11 April 2014

Grape picking in Kina Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes
Only a few weeks ago I helped with picking grapes at Kina Vineyard in Tasman.
The week before we picked the Pinot Noir grapes, much easier then picking the Sauvignon Blanc Grapes, because as you pick you need to remove the slightly mouldy grapes if necessary out of the bunches.
We had a good team, some regular workers and also backpackers from France, Germany and Malaysia.
You work under the bird netting, so sometimes this can be a bit hot, especially in the afternoon with the sun on your back and not a lot of breeze coming through the netting.
The pickers fill the buckets and the buckets get emptied
in big crates.
The grapes go into a cool store before they are processed, because this allows the sugar content to increase.
The Kina Vineyard has won a few awards for its Sauvignon Blanc wine.

The pickers

Ready for picking, beautiful grapes

The buckets of picked grapes.

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