At Donkey & Goat Winery on Fifth Street, humans, not machines, press the grapes. Photo: Erin Callahan
The last few weeks have been busy ones for Berkeley’s eight urban wineries. It’s harvest time, so the winery owners have had grapes from Napa, Sonoma, El Dorado, Santa Barbara and other counties delivered to Berkeley. Some fetch the grapes themselves. Once they are delivered to the wineries, they are de-stemmed and crushed (either by feet or with machines). Then the grapes start their fermentation, which ends up (eventually) in wine.
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The photos published here show the harvest in full swing. Be sure to try the wines from Berkeley’s wineries, which include
Urbano Cellars, Eno Wines, Lusu Cellars, Eight Arms Cellars, Donkey & Goat Winery, Covenant Wines, Broc Cellars and Edmunds St. John. Grapes come into Donkey & Goat. Photo: Erin Callahan Before they are pressed, the grape clusters go through this machine, which removes the stems. Jared Brandt, who owns Donkey & Goat with his wife, Tracey, is on the left. Photo: Erin Callahan The leftover stems at Covenant, a kosher winery on Sixth Street. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Grapes waiting to be crushed at Covenant. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel After Covenant separates the berries from the stems, they are poured into bins or placed in stainless steel or wood vats for fermentation. The dry ice keeps them cool and slows down fermentation. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Jonathan Hadju (center in red t-shirt), the winemaker for Covenant, oversees the crush. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Jeff Morgan, the co-owner of Covenant, smells and then sips a freshly pressed glass of juice, not yet wine. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Broc Wine Club members help make their future bottles. Photo: Mike Olson Would you like a digest of the day’s Berkeley news sent to your inbox? Click here to subscribe to Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing.