Sporadic frost early in the season knocked some yields back in the Central Coast area, but overall, growers are satisfied with the season as harvest approaches.

“Our harvest is projected to begin in about two weeks,” says Vic Roberts, owner of Victor Hugo Vineyards and Winery in Templeton, Calif.”

Roberts is expecting a relatively light Viognier crop.

“Next up will be the Chardonnay which we sell to other wineries as grapes,” he says. “That will be followed by the first reds probably the week of Sept. 22. At this point it appears we will complete harvest by about Oct. 24 which would be two weeks earlier than usual. Of course, most of this timeline is mere speculation, as Mother Nature seems to think she controls the weather and ripening.”