2014 WINE GRAPE HARVEST BEGINS IN NIAGARA!
St.Catharines, ON September 10, 2014
The wine-grape harvest began this morning when Pinot Noir grapes for the premium Cuvee Catharine sparkling wine were picked by hand at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, located in Niagara’s Short Hills Bench sub-appellation.
Speaking to the quality and size of the harvest, viticulturist Matthew Speck, commented:
“We are expecting an amazing vintage for our Cuvee Catharine sparkling wines as well as the aromatic whites and of course Chardonnay. In addition, the dry, warm weather during the day and the cool nights that we have been experiencing bode well for red still wines like Pinot and Baco Noir which we expect to harvest in the next 10 days.”
This years’ start is 5 days behind the average but within the normal timeframe for when harvest begins.
“The cooler than usual winter means a slightly reduced crop overall, down maybe 15 to 20%. All of the key grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Baco Noir are full crop and in perfect condition. We don’t anticipate an impact on the pricing of our wines”.
With warm weather expected in the fall, harvest will continue through to mid-November when later season Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon come in.
The wines from 2014 will begin to appear in market by spring 2015, starting with the aromatic whites.
Henry of Pelham is a family owned and operated winery which has won numerous International and Domestic awards for its wines which are available across Canada and throughout the world.
For more information contact Paul Speck 905 684 8423 ext 222