Henry of Pelham Kicks-Off 2016 Wine Grape Harvest
St. Catharines, Ontario (September 1, 2016) On Niagara’s Short Hills Bench, the first ripe wine-grapes of the 2016 harvest were hand-picked from the vine early this morning at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is the family owned and operated winery’s 28th harvest.
“We’re expecting a relatively high volume compared with the past two years due to a warmer winter,” said Matthew Speck, Vice President of Operations. “The hot, dry summer conditions are promoting physiological ripeness levels above the average. These are ideal conditions for all of our varietals, but particularly the reds. Overall, the quality potential for the 2016 vintage is outstanding.”
Following an early bloom, this year’s start is 5 days ahead of the average but within the expected window for the harvest to begin. The first grapes harvested were Chardonnay followed by Pinot Noir for the award-winning Cuvée Catharine sparkling wines which will be followed by Baco Noir, some aromatic whites, and Rosé varietals. The harvest will continue until the end of October when later season Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon are ready for picking.
The wines from 2016 will be available in market for spring 2017 lead by Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
About Henry of Pelham
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery 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, Marketing Specialist, Henry of Pelham
Phone: 905-684-8423 x234