Harvest 2021 Q&A with Viticulture Director Ned Neumiller
Now that the 2021 harvest has been completed and our team has had a chance to rest, we thought it would be fun to conduct a Q&A with our Viticulture Director, Ned Neumiller. In this Q&A, we cover the most memorable responses to our questions.
Q: Can you give us a 2021 harvest update?
A: The 2021 harvest was very rhythmic. With a shortfall of rain for the 2020-2021 rainfall season it was going to be difficult to ripen a full crop, however, mother nature has a way of balancing the playing field in a hard but beautiful way. Yields were a little lower than past vintages but the quality of the fruit we harvested was exceptional. We were fortunate to have pleasant weather throughout harvest without any heat spikes and were rewarded with 7-10 inches of rain in October.
Q: What meal is your go to during harvest?
A: Leftovers. I guess I should clarify, leftovers that travel well, and stay warm in the thermos for 12-18 hours. Jerky and candy also classify as a meal during harvest and they are a close 2nd.
Q: What are your favorite post-harvest traditions?
A: Heading to the coast. Anywhere North of the Golden Gate Bridge and as close to the water is best, where you can feel the wind and moisture from the ocean. By far the BEST weather for the North Coast Coastline is October – February.
Q: What’s happening in the vineyard currently?
A: At this point in the vineyard we are pruning for the 2022 growing season, watching cover crops grow and enjoying some wet weather! Hello rain!