On Sunday we finished harvesting the Pinots. After the large harvest party, Mark and I sat on the deck enjoyed some refreshments and watched a woodpecker in a small patch of Cabernet. This morning Mark said all the grapes in that patch were gone. Seemed crazy that birds could wipe out a field in one morning.
Seems it wasn't birds but a bear came into the field last night. On the trail, was scat filled with grapes. We used to have problems with bears in a field we removed because it was close to the woods. This scat was close to the wine shed where we all celebrated yesterday.
Last Saturday was a busy day here at Borgo Pass Vineyard. Some of our regular u-pick customers spent the day picking the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes. Grapes were picked into totes which can weigh up to 90 pounds when full. Each tote gets picked up by us at least three times before it is hauled away to be made into wine . Everyone was tired by the end of the day. We had literally picked up tons.
Usually we are finished with harvest by this time of year but luckily October has been a warm month. While Oregon needs rain to help with the drought situation and the fire in the Cascades, we still have Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris to be harvested.