The nets are off, as vintage 2022 begins!
Vintage 2022 officially kicked off at Babich Wines this month, with harvest starting across all our estate-owned vineyards. Our team have been relentlessly working towards this exciting moment for the past 6 months and eagerly got stuck in.
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir are the first grapes to start coming off the vines, as the teams in Henderson, Hawke's Bay & Marlborough carefully hand-pick whilst enjoying the fresh air and rural settings. There are a few early morning starts for some, who are up before the sun, however, the beautiful sunrises sure make it worthwhile. Others battle on in the heat of the day (26+°C at times) and we've heard many are being reacquainted with muscles they have previously neglected! Our founder, Josip Babich, would be proud of them all.
Check out a few snaps taken by various team members across the country documenting harvest, below.
For the next several weeks, we will see the remainder of our red and white varieties picked using a mixture of hand and machine harvesting. Once harvested, the grapes will find themselves in the winery, where the magical winemaking process will begin...watch this space...