Rijk's Wine Estate & Hotel

  • Winterhoek Road
  • Tulbagh, Western Cape
  • 6820
  • +27 23 230 1622

2023 Harvest Report

Posted by Nande Bija on 08 August 2023 8:20 AM CAT
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And just like that, harvest 2023 has officially come to an end. There has been a lot of activity around here over the past month and a half. Grapes have been hand picked, hand sorted, fermented, pressed, and transferred to barrel.
Many long nights and days of running on very little sleep are all worth it in the end.
The team and vines are now getting a well deserved break as we reflect on what was yet another successful harvest.

The quality of the grapes received this year was excellent. There was an overall improvement in the analysis of the bunches. We had four of our new young blocks that came into production, which meant that we got sixty more tons than usual. We were also very happy with these new younger blocks as they are looking very promising.
This year the weather conditions were perfect for picking and we finished just in time for the unexpected summer rains. We were also very lucky not to deal with any diseases in the vineyards.
Although we had a bit of a build up towards the end of harvest, with many of the blocks needing to be picked at the same time, with hard work
from our field and picking team as well as our cellar team, we managed to get all the grapes down in time. 
It is still quite something to look back on a successful harvest, as it is the height of months of hard work, long days and serious preparation all executed in this moment. But with the team
behind Rijk’s we can always say “We love it when a plan comes together”.  

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