Part of our crew on the last day of Pelee Island Winery Harvest 2019. 📸 courtesy of K.Wallace

This is our Pelee Island Winery end of harvest tradition. On the last day of the harvest each year, the crew that’s on site poses for a celebratory photo in front of the grape wagons.

It’s a long haul for these team members. The harvest can begin earlier and last a little longer here in the Lake Erie North Shore (LENS) Region appellation.

Pelee Island is located in the sub-appellation known as the South Islands, which includes Pelee and 8 other islands in Lake Erie.

Sunset harvest on Pelee Island.

From the Vineyard

The steady, predictable weather on Pelee Island was on our side this year. A wet spring pushed back the start of the season slightly but once it got going it was on point throughout.

There was timely rain in August pushing the sugars into the grapes and that fall weather! Not only did improve the grapes, it was beautiful for our team to harvest in!

Back at the Winery

Chardonnay arriving at the crush pad
in Kingsville.

We’re also happy to report that the view from the crush pad was very promising for the early stages of the winemaking process .

The crush pad is the place where the grapes enter the “wine” part of their journey after they have been harvested.

Our winemaking team is excited by the overall quality of each varietal and how this will lend itself to the art of winemaking and the vintages that will be marked 2019!