Now’s the time to get ready for Fall and the upcoming Halloween celebrations. Below, find 10 fun Fall facts about wine, some spooky, some not!
10 Facts About Wine Grape Harvest
- The Greek goddess of the harvest, Demeter, killed the Earth’s crops when Hades crowned her daughter, Persephone, his Queen. Once Persephone was freed in the Spring, Demeter returned growth to the Earth.
- Harvest is when workers gather wine grapes, and winemaking begins. Some people call this period “crush” because it’s when winemakers begin to process the grapes.
- Many crops are harvested in the Fall from apples to turnips, making it a great time to experiment with wine and food.
- Fall’s Equinox (September 22 or 23) marks the beginning of the season, while the Winter Solstice (December 21 or 22) marks its end.
- Wine grape harvests typically run from August to October in the northern hemisphere and from February to April in the southern hemisphere. Harvest is coming earlier due to climate change.
- Wine Grape Harvest Order
- Sparkling wine grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are harvested first to keep sugars low and acids high.
- White wine grapes come next with Viognier and Chenin Blanc on the later side.
- Red wine grapes follow with Merlot and Syrah on the earlier end.
- Ice wine grapes are harvested much later to accumulate more sugars.
Exceptions exist, but you get the idea.
- In the vineyard, photosynthesis ends, and leaves turn red and gold, falling after harvest as the vines prepare for winter dormancy.
- The “Harvest” moon appears during the Fall, lighting the way for grape growers to bring in their crops.
- Harvest conjures images of birth and of voluptuous women surrounded by the fruits of the vine.
- Wine is associated with love and sex, especially during Valentine’s Day. But Valentine’s Day should occur in the Fall because:
- More relationships start in the Fall. Who wants to spend the long winter alone?
- Sex hormones increase going into the Fall and Winter, declining in the Spring and Summer.
- The highest birth rates occur during the Fall (September.)
Wine enhances romantic relationships, so add more wine to your life in the Fall and enjoy!
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