2015 Wine-Grape Harvest Begins
St. Catharines, Ontario (September 2, 2015)
Early this morning, the first ripe wine-grapes of the 2015 harvest were hand-picked from the vine at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is the 27th harvest for the family owned and operated Henry of Pelham winery located in Niagara’s Short Hills Bench sub-appellation.
“We have amazing overall quality potential for the 2015 vintage,” said Matthew Speck, Vineyard Manager. “Although a slightly lower volume is expected due to the colder than usual winter, the warm summer has brought ripeness levels above the average. These conditions are ideal for both the early grapes and the varietals we’ll pick in the coming weeks.”
This year’s start is 5 days ahead of the average but within the normal timeframe for the harvest to begin. The first grapes harvested were Pinot Noir grapes for the premium Cuvée Catharine sparkling wine which will be followed by Rosé varietals and Baco Noir.
The harvest will continue until the end of October when later season Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon are ready for picking.
The wines from 2015 will begin to appear in market by spring 2016, starting with aromatic whites such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling, as well as Rosé.
About Henry of Pelham
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.
Emily Alonzo, Sales Administrator, Henry of Pelham