How do you know when the time is right to begin harvesting grapes? Understand the key decisions that need to be made in order to maximize the potential of the grapes you’ll be turning into wine. Whether you’ve grown your own grapes or are harvesting at someone else’s vineyard, it pays to know how to determine the best time to harvest. Learn from Peter Brehm, who has been making wine grape harvest decisions for hobby winemakers for over three decades.
Peter Brehm, owner of Brehm Vineyards, has been helping amateur winemakers make better wine for over 35 years. He founded the retail shop Wine and the People in Berkeley in 1970 and began introducing home winemakers to fresh premium and ultra-premium grapes from renowned regions such as Carneros, Dry Creek, Stag’s Leap, Rutherford Bench, the Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley. He also has experience working at wineries such as Cape Mantelle in Western Australia and Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand. In 1991 he created White Salmon Vineyard and Winery and recently assisted in the birth of the Columbia Gorge AVA. Brehm Vineyards is a leading provider of fresh and frozen grapes.