Row of Madeleine Angevine Mid-Sep-09.
Two year vines.
Row of Regent - two year plants in foreground. Mad Ang in background.
It is very hard for me to estimate grape crop yields (yet, as this is only the second year on the plants!). We bought 100 pounds of Viognier (white) and Syrah (red) yesterday from a fellow who brought over 5,000 pounds from Yakima. We processed those on Saturday.
Syrah grapes from YakimaAt any rate, while my home-built press did a fair job of pressing the white grapes, in the end Michelle extracted quite a bit more juice from the pressings by using her Roma extractor.
Final extraction from Viognier using Roma extractor. In the end we produced about 8 gallons of juice from the Viognier. The Syrah, a red, is of course not pressed yet but is fermented on the skins. The must for the Syrah is about 12 gallons in the primary fermenter.
But back to the local harvest. I decided to pick the Mad Ang, since everything related to the crush, including the garage floor, was covered in a sticky film from the Saturday crush. Here is our first significant harvest at Raven's Call.
First harvest at Raven's Call - Madeleine Angevine - 27-Sep-09
Hard to tell, but there is about 12 inches of grapes in the tub.