Vineyard, Wineries

Grape Harvesting Machine

Early morning on Bob’s birthday I heard the grape harvesting machine go through the village. I didn’t jump out of bed to see where it was going as I figured it was probably done for the night. I attempted to go back to sleep when I heard a sound…it was the sound of rustling leaves. I thought to myself (gee I guess that is what one does…thinks to themselves. I mean you don’t think to someone else), anyway…the sound of rustling leaves and the hum of the machine meant it was working on the plot just outside the cellar. So, I got dressed and headed outside.

There it is!!!!

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To say I was excited would be an understatement. I have wanted to see this machine in action since last harvest. I wrote about it here.

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Timing was everything because shortly after I arrived it came down the row to unload into the trailer.

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The grape harvester gets ready to start down the next row while the trailer is taken back to the cellar to unload.

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You don’t want to get too close to the back of the machine as it spits out bits of leaves quite a far distance.

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The next trailer gets into position.

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Precision is needed in operating this machine. It must do some tight maneuvering to turn into the next row.

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This is what the bunches of grapes looks like when the machine is done. As cool as I think the machine is and what it does, it certainly doesn’t replace hand-picking by humans. The machine cannot select the best grapes like humans can. It is used at Viladellops only on some plots and only on those where the grapes/juice are being sold to another winery.

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I will tell you that I felt like it was my birthday because I got what I had wanted for a while. I was like a little kid.

I headed through the vines in the direction of the sunrise.

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I turned around for one last look. I smiled when I noticed the sunrise glinting off the trailer and it dawned on me (pun intended) that I really am a country girl if I appreciate something simple like that.

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I took a couple of other photos of the sunrise to share with Bob the birthday boy, knowing that he was sleeping soundly through all of this.

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