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In the fall of 2012, Chris and Justin (a member of the Terragena team at the time) drove the vineyard truck and trailer all the way to the Holden-Mapley Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA to pick Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the wee hours of the morning.

That year was outstanding for viticulture in almost all of California, and the fruit looked amazing. They picked grapes alongside a small crew of professional pickers, who are always much faster at hand-picking grapes than any of us amateurs. In total, they harvested about a ton of grapes, enough for two barrels and a little extra to keep the barrels topped off over time.

Here are some pictures thanks to Justin’s phone:

The trip went relatively smoothly, despite the fact that the Terragena guys had to leave well before dawn to get to the Holden-Mapley Vineyard in time to supervise harvest of the grapes and truck the fruit back to the winery. Crush and winemaking took place at our Terragena Estate Vineyard winery in Humboldt County, and this wine eventually became our 2012 Meritage House Blend, which is not for sale. If you are lucky enough to snag a bottle of this wine, consider it a true gift from the Terragena team.