multiple-hands Hand-harvested

In winemaking, hand-harvesting implies a certain level of artisanship. It’s often necessary when vineyards are on steep slopes or the grapes are delicate (such as Pinot Noir), but also may be utilized outside of necessity to ensure that only high-quality, pristine grapes make it back to the winery. 

Outside of hand-harvesting, what are the options? Other wineries may rely on machine picking, which refers to an over-the-row harvesting tractor that travels through the vineyards using rubber or fiberglass rods to shake the fruit off vines and into large reservoirs. 

While machine picking is arguably one of the most important advancements in the wine industry over the last 50 years, leading to the spread of good, affordable wine across the globe, hand-harvesting is still seen as the epitome of quality.

To shop hand-harvested wines on Vinebase, check out the bottles below. 
AJA Vineyards
"5 Red Blend" Bordeaux-Style Blend, 2018

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Bold, Balanced, Fruity, and Earthy · Rare wine (115 cases produced) · Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California

Uncommon Region
Croma Vera Wines
Bee Sweet Vineyard Grenache, 2017

Grenache · Balanced, Floral, Herbaceous, Mineral, and Spicy · Rare wine (91 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Croma Vera Wines
Tempranillo Maduro, 2017

Tempranillo · Balanced and Earthy · Rare wine (142 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Croma Vera Wines
San Luis Obispo Albariño, 2019

Albariño · Balanced, Complex, Fruity, Mineral, and Saline · Rare wine (77 cases produced) · San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Croma Vera Wines
Red Blend Revelación, 2017

Red Blend · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (146 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Croma Vera Wines
Paso Robles Tempranillo Joven, 2018

Tempranillo · Fresh, Fruity, and Mineral · Rare wine (88 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Croma Vera Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Bold · Rare wine (108 cases produced) · Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles, California

Hand-harvested
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards
Acquiesce Vineyard Picpoul Estate Grown, 2019

California White · Fresh, Complex, Mineral, and Fruity · Limited wine (498 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Award Winner
Backstay Wine Co.
Hunters Reserve Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Fruity, Balanced, and Natural · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
J. Cage Cellars
La Cruz Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2020

Burgundy-style Chardonnay · Balanced, Complex, and Mineral · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
J. Cage Cellars
van der Kamp Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, California

Biodynamic Farming

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