In the Northern Hemisphere most of the last wine grapes were picked by the 20th of October. I already reported on how the harvest started early. So the harvest period is about two months long.
Inside reports on the 2007 harvest season come from:
- Thomas Houseman at Anne Amie Vineyards, Oregon (harvest skewed),
- Vincent Fritzsche, in Oregon too (winemaking skewed),
- Château Palmer, a bordeaux estate.
Go have a look at pictures of the impressive harvesting machine at Château Lacayot (with French captions).
It is a little early to assess the quality of the vintage. Bear in mind that vintage quality is a complex concept. Nevertheless it is possible that the quality will go down for many French wines made in 2007. (I feel this while reading a few French ‘vignerons’ report on their ‘vendanges’.)
We already know that the volumes produced will be low in many places. This is a problem for the revenues of the producers. This is not a question on the quality of the wines. The reports of low volume come from Oregon, California, France (the article is in French), Italy.
Regions which produce as much wine this year as the previous year include Bordeaux.
It is urgent that you consider making your own wine from bought grapes. Or wait for next year!