September is one of the most exciting times of the year for us Tumwater. It's harvest season where our labor and patience pay off with a glut of fruit from our pinot noir & chardonnay vines. We're excited to see the fruit mature and then gather for producing our wines. It's satisfying and exhilarating all at the same time with a flurry of activity, knowing that these grapes produce the wines that we all enjoy. It makes us grateful and excited for the years to come.
Yesterday we picked our Chardonnay! Adrienne who oversees our fields managed the picking. Tasting the fruit, he said it is "perfect." We expect this year to be a fantastic vintage based on the flavors that our chardonnay. Here is a short video from our day.
Photos From The Harvest
Announcing Sparkling Wine Rose Brut. This wine embodies the flavors of summer and fresh baked goods to which we say yum! Take in the aroma of Bing cherries, bakers yeast & red plum before savoring the delicious flavors of strawberry-rhubarb pie, brioche & cranberries. Your palette will be saying délicieuse. Come in and taste at any of our events.
Vineyard Viticulture Specialist and Manager Bruno, is monitoring the grapes very carefully every day here at the Vineyard. They are checked for sugar and content to determine timing for the grape picking to ensure the best quality of the wine produced from these grapes. The harvest began last weekend for the Pinot Noir varietals here at the vineyard and next week it will be time to pick the Chardonnay!
View from the Chardonnay Grapes along the hillside at Tumwater Vineyard in West Linn
Our Vineyard Viticulture Specialist and Manager Bruno, checking the grapes back in early springtime
The Chardonnay grapes at Tumwater Vineyard the beginning of the growing season, look how cute and tiny they were?! May 2020
The Chardonnay grapes at the end of the growing season, plump and full of sugar and sunshine. Almost ready to pick, October 2020
The collection of the current harvest of Pinot Noir (red wine) grapes in bins that will safely transport the grapes to our winemaking facility where they will be crushed and turned into juice
Stay tuned for more pics of Harvest Time at Tumwater Vineyard to come!
We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our 2018 Estate Grown Stainless Steel Chardonnay. It has been a true privilege to have seen our own vines grow to fruit bearing maturity and raise a glass of wine that truly is from our own backyard.
The fruit used for this wine was harvested in late September of 2018. Ample hours of sun and warm temperatures mixed with cool nights of last summer helped shape 2018 into a fabulous vintage with wonderfully concentrated flavors. The vines were stressed just enough to produce something truly magical. The fruit was picked and whole-cluster-pressed on the same day, then the juice was settled and fermented slowly at low temperatures. With notes of key-lime and lots of citrus, bright with fresh pineapple and white peach, this wine is as refreshing as it is decadent.
Come by the barrel house to sample our new 2018 Estate Grown Stainless Steel Chardonnay, $15 in our wine flight, $7 a glass and $22 a bottle.
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