Know Your Vines – Pinot Grigio

You can probably pick out a glass or a bottle of Pinot Grigio with no trouble at all, but would you know the grapes and the vines if you took a walk through the vineyard?

If you stopped by in the early spring, you would notice an abundance of bushy and almost crooked growth springing up from the old wood. You might think that these would be difficult vines to manage, but once Pinot Grigio really gets growing, the tangles smooth out into an easy going and orderly set of canes.

As the season progresses and the grapes start to ripen and mature, you’ll notice that the Pinot Grigio grapes come in tightly packed clusters. The dime sized, pink hued grapes get packed so tight that sometimes they even break berries from the pressure. This means that extra care needs to be taken to make sure that there is not too much breakage and the remaining fruit doesn’t spoil.


The Pinot Grigio grapes are one of the earliest to ripen, last year Hawk Haven harvested its Pinot Grigio on the first of September.

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