Dawn in the vineyard
Harvest in Jerez is continuing a little later than usual this year, which meant that for the first time ever we had the chance to see harvest actually happening. Our friends at Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez have their own vineyard, and they invited us to visit to see sunrise in the vineyard. This also offered us another first: seeing Jerez at 7.00 am – not something we’ve ever done before!!
The harvest starts at about 7.oo am in the Viña del Carmen de Montealegre (in the Pago Montealegre), so that the harvesters have plenty of time to work before the sun gets high and oppressively hot. They finish at about 2.30 pm each day. The vineyard is seven hectares and all harvesting is done by hand here. Each person cuts approximately 1000kg of grapes per day (that’s one metric tonne!), which is enough for one bota of mosto per person per day.