2016 Harvest Report: Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery (Pennsylvania)

I received this update from Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery yesterday evening:

“Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery has finished up a great 2016 harvest and could not be happier with the quality of the fruit. Owner Brad Galer says, “[The fruit] came into the winery clean, as well as the progression of fermentations and young wines.” Overall about 90% of the fruit was from estate grown varietals in 2016, 15.2 tons processed throughout harvest.

Jan Grimes, Galer Estate’s Vineyard Manager noted, “Harvest was excellent this year. Yields were up and the fruit was in great shape.” Grimes began to harvest the Estate grown Albariño (0.89 tons) and the Chardonnay from the Red Lion Vineyard (4.4 tons) in early September. The winery property’s older Chardonnay grapes (1.64 tons) were left on the vine a bit longer, harvested mid-September, which are designated as a barrel-aged Chardonnay. Estate grown Petit Verdot (1.13 tons) was harvested at the end of September. Cabernet Franc (5.5 tons) and Vidal Blanc (1.59 tons) were not far behind, processed the first week of October!

The Chardonnay harvested from younger vines at the Red Lion Vineyard impressed with great aromatics. The older Chardonnay vines of the lower Red Lion Vineyard will make a great addition to Galer Estate’s line of Reserve Chardonnay, delicately aged in French oak. The quality of the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot continue to improve year after year as viticulture practices change to the unique terroir on the East Coast, specifically in Chester County.

Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery has finished their processing of grapes overseen by owners Brad and Lele Galer, Winemaker Virginia Mitchell, and Vineyard Manager Jan Grimes. Galer Estate management is appreciative of all the hard work and time spent from grape to glass due to a strong team, and of course much gratitude to our friends in the community who lent helping hands, picking and hand-sorting grapes!”

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