They tell me about two thirds of the region’s grapes are now harvested.   There is light at the end of the tunnel for all those involved – by the end of the month some workers will see daylight and their families for the first time in weeks!  And the now familiar sound of harvesters rolling by in the middle of the night will soon be forgotten.


2 am and there’s fruit coming in all across Marlborough…


Dad checks on some fruit – not bad leg muscles for an old bugger 😉


It seems that last year the fiascos with fruit volumes were all had in the winery, but this year the problem has been largely shifted to the growers.  The wine companies have given the growers strict maximum tonnages per hectare and anything over is the grower’s problem.  It’s a problem because the grower is  either fined for not stripping enough fruit out beforehand (not an exact science by any means!) and/or the grower is left having to try and find another buyer for the excess fruit at the last minute.  There have been plenty of adverts in the local paper as last minute efforts are made to sell excess fruit.   We have been rung by grape growing friends with offers of free grapes for Fiasco and it was great of them to think of us – but we’ve had so say no for two reasons – firstly,  we don’t have the tank space booked to make it into wine and secondly, we don’t have large enough markets to risk the costs of making it into wine.  It seems a terrible waste for grapes to be left on the vines in many places, and to have been stripped out onto the ground elsewhere – but hopefully it will be a lesson learned and endless expansion will pause and wait for demand to catch up with supply again.


3 Responses to “24/7”

  1. April 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    hopefully it will be a lesson learned and endless expansion will pause and wait for demand to catch up with supply again

    Now that’s a quote for the times if I’ve ever heard one! 😀

  2. 2 Dad
    April 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Less of the ole buggar thank-you, tho must admit this season has certainly brought on the grey hairs!!!!!!!!!!

  3. April 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Sorry about that – just checkin you were still reading it! 🙂

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