Brick Bay, Snells Beach: Petit Verdot Harvest

by | New Zealand, Photography

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

Brian and Logan, ready at the ute at 7:20 am, shortly after sunrise.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

Annette and “Penny” are among the first to turn up for the day’s Petit Verdot harvest.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

A quick how-to on which grapes to pick—and which to discard.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

A closer look at what to pick and what to avoid completely. 

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

Loading the grapes onto the “mule”.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

I thought this was barbed wire. It was the dried grape vine. 

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

The road to the shed on the hill, where the grapes will be stored.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

Weighing the Petit Verdot and storing them in a container. About 85 kilos of grapes were harvested in the first round. 

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

A break for scones, butter and coffee. And stories of how the Pharos name—and especially the trouble with getting the Martello Rock brand to be registered.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland

Phase two of the grape picking session.

Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland
Brick Bay Winery, Snells Beach, Auckland