Fresh Grapes 2021!
Again this year Bader Beer & Wine Supply will be bringing in fresh picked grapes from the Benton City—Prosser area of the Yakima Valley!
This year we have 30 varieties of grapes available via “pre-order”. We will drive to the Yakima Valley to pick them up on a Friday, and you will need to pick them up at our store that Saturday. It is normal that grape varieties will ripen at different times, and we will have 2 crush weekends.
We will be selling the grapes in 25 pound boxes. The grapes will be in “clusters” on the stem, as that is how they are picked. You will have to be flexible with the weekend the grapes arrive, as we cannot control when the grapes are ripe and the farmer is ready to pick them. Every year is different, so again, you will need to be ready when the grapes are. Grapes labeled “Early” and “Late” are based on 2020 harvest results and could be different this year!
· 75 pounds of grapes (3 boxes) makes approximately 5.0 gallons of finished wine. It will vary slightly from batch to batch depending on grape skin thickness, ripeness and winemaking techniques.
Sorry, we cannot ship grapes to mail order customers.
Grape pricing includes crushing/de-stemming and pressing here at Bader Beer & Wine Supply. Transportation of the grapes to our store from the Yakima Valley is included. If you do not want to take advantage of this crushing/pressing service, the price per pound is $.10 less- $2.50 a box.
If you are purchasing red grapes, typically the grapes are crushed one weekend, and pressed the following weekend. We will have a bladder press available on-site 1 week after you receive your grapes to press your grapes. This service is limited to that Saturday only, sorry, no exceptions. Please let us know if you intend to take advantage of this service at the time of the crush so we can schedule your pressing time. If you wish to rent a press and take it off-site, you will receive a 25% discount on the rental fee.
As of July 6th I am projecting early harvest date to be October 2rd, and late harvest date of October 16th. This is highly likely to be a week earlier or later depending on growing conditions throughout the summer.
Refunds and order changes will be accepted up until 3 weeks prior to delivery. Order cancellations less than 3 weeks prior to harvest are at the farmers's discretion and subject to a 20% cancellation fee. Order alterations less than 3 weeks prior to delivery will be reviewed on a case by case basis. We will do our best to accommodate your order needs, but it isn't always possible late in the season.
When we know the exact dates your grapes will be harvested, we will contact you and schedule a time slot to crush/press your grapes. Please leave us with a valid email address & contact phone number for us to contact you about the progress of the harvest. I suggest you follow us on Instagram or Facebook “like” our store page for the latest updates on harvest dates. IF you cannot pick the grapes up the day they arrive, we can crush them in your absence and have you pick them up a day or 2 later. We ask that you bring your fermenters in advance in these cases.
In order to avoid complete chaos the day you come to pick up your grapes, we will schedule everyone for specific time of day to crush and de-stem your grapes, typically at one hour intervals starting at 9:00 am and going till we are done around 3:00. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early. You will need a 12 gallon fermenting bucket to transport each 75 lbs. of grapes you crush. We will have 12 gallon and 24 gallon clean buckets for sale available