Ooo, exciting news here in glorious Sonoma County: the 2011 grape harvest has begun! This is an exciting time of year, wineries working often around-the-clock to crush, press, and store the grapes being rushed to their location by eager vineyard workers. Apparently this is one of the earliest harvests ever, too, brought on dry weather this spring and warmer-than-normal weather now.
Needless to say, the grape and wine industries are very important — and large — to Sonoma County. Here are a few facts and figures:
* Total 2011 Sonoma Country grape harvest: estimated to be 180,000 tons
* Last year’s crop’s worth: $417 million
This time of year, between now and the end of October, is truly beautiful, with heavy bunches of grapes in the vineyards, the leaves beginning to turn, and clear, hot days. Come stay with us to experience Wine Country living at its most exciting: harvest time!