Harvest season is always a busy time at Cono Sur because everyone is anxious to get the grapes in and start working on making the wines. The days are long and tiring, but there’s a lot of excitement in the air and of course, it’s always a rewarding job at the end of the day.
Two weeks ago in Chimbarongo at our Santa Elisa Estate we finished harvesting the white grapes and began with our Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere. The Pinot Noir grapes have all come in and our specially designed Pinot Noir cellar is full of delicious fermenting grapes waiting to become Ocio. The Pinot crushing is always a harvest highlight and this year was no exception.
The weather conditions have been optimum this season and because the summer was very hot, we began close to 10 days earlier than last year because the grapes were at their best then.
There is still a lot left to be done but come May, when we’ve harvested the last of the Carmenere grapes, everyone will be ready to relax and celebrate the closing of the season with our annual Cono Sur barbecue at the winery.
That doesn’t mean it’s been all work for the time being since every weekend throughout Chile’s winemaking valleys there is a big harvest festival where everyone enjoys the celebratory atmosphere and tries the wines from the previous year in anticipation of those to come in 2012.