Proudly presenting GRU Gruner Veltliner 2013 ….

“The time has come”, the walrus said, “to pick those Gruner grapes … ” This is the time when all one’s dreams culminate and coalesce upon a single exciting pleasure – the considerable delight of harvesting Gruner Veltliner.

For weeks I have been watching the fruit hang in the late afternoon light, with each bunch looking like it’s about to explode with amazing vibrancy and flavour – and at last it is time to harvest! This is a difficult process, only because I am so busy tasting the berries as I pick each bunch, that ergonomically it just does not work for me. But fortunately we have a wonderful team of harvesters and I have taken a series of pics to illustrate the joyous process of the harvest.

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner bunches

Ripe Gruner Veltliner bunches about to be harvested at Hahndorf Hill Winery


My, what dirty fingernails I have! (Double click on pic to get right under the nails!) … But I suppose that’s all part of the process. The amazingly vibrant flavours in the fruit this year include melons, paw paw, banana and mango.





Freshly harvested Gruner Veltliner at Hahndorf Hill Winery.
Buckets of freshly harvested Gruner Veltliner.


Look at those bunches light up in the black buckets! They’re about to explode with beautiful flavours …





Newly harvested Gruner Veltliner at Hahndorf Hill

The rewards of the harvest being poured into the large harvest bins.



The accumulated bounty tumbles into the big harvest bin.






Crushing and detemming of Gruner Veltliner.

Proud Gruner dad busy at crusher.


What a long day it has been – but now that the grapes are being crushed I can relax with a little *reward. (*See left hand.)

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