A couple of weeks ago, when we were up in the wine country, I noticed that the canopies of the grape vines were being trimmed back. Pictured above is the view of the Gainey Vineyard. The long branches are part of the canopy.
Trimming the canopies means that the grapes are ready for more sun and do not need as much shade for the ripening process. We think that these are Chardonnay grapes, pictured above.
They are the first to ripen, and usually are harvested in late August of early September. It depends on the judgment of the vineyard manager and on the weather gods.
The next step will be netting the vines to prevent birds and other creatures from eating the fruit. At one point the tasting and the testing of the Brix (sugar factor) will determine the start of harvest...
"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
~ Galileo Galilei