From the union of the Latin words “vinea” which means vineyard and “demere” from the verb to uproot or remove is born “vindemia” (grape harvest).
-Labor in the vineyard, she pays for it in the grape harvest-
And it is true, to get to the harvest, a whole year is spent taking care and pampering the vineyards to the maximum, to be able to have that great reward that is our grape.
There are several different types of harvest, let’s get to know them a little better.
As its name suggests, manual harvesting consists of selecting only the best grapes by hand, sometimes using only the shoulder part of the grape for its higher quality. The grapes arrive at the winery in perfect condition.
The aim is to produce an excellent wine, a high quality final product.
Mechanical harvesting uses grape harvesters, which go around the vineyards, picking the grapes all together, the best and worst quality ones, throwing them into containers, which means that the grapes do not arrive at the winery in the same conditions as when they are harvested by hand.
It is mainly used in large vineyards. For mechanical harvesting, the vines must be trained on trellises.
As a result, the final product is a lower quality wine.
-VENDIMIA TARDÍA O “LATE HARVEST”:
These are grapes that are left on the vine longer than usual, seeking to increase the amount of sugar in the grape. Generally used for fortified wines.
-GRAPE HARVEST SCALAR:
Harvesting is staggered, depending on the degree of ripeness of the grapes in different periods of time.