2023 Harvest Information

Beer & Wine Hobby is your source for the absolute finest grapes in Massachusetts!

8/12/23

We are kicking off the season a little earlier than normal this year with some good news!

- Grape prices have remained stable with very few changes from last year

- Collina and Mosto Imperatore table wine juice prices have not changed year-over-year

- Mosti Mondiale Extra-Select juice prices remained relatively flat year-over year


As of today the concensus across the appelations is that the harvest is going to occur LATER this year than last year.  We are epecting a 1-2 week lag, with grapes expected to arrive the week of September 16. 

The grow season relies on Mother Nature, so dates are subject to change!

 

Check out our Harvest flyer here          Online Grapes         Online Juice

 

Beer & Wine Hobby is now fully positioned to be your premier grape provider.  We now source grapes from the best California boutique vineyards – no one else in Massachusetts can make that claim.

All your favorites – Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Syrah are offered from both Lodi and the Kings River Winery.  We are the only supplier to offer these great favorites from an award-winning winery and we are proud to make them available to you.

See the Boutique Winery section for additional grapes from Kings River, plus our newest addition – Barison Vineyards from Tehama Valley.  In addition, you’ll find the amazing Mettler Ranch and Contra Costa Italian grapes, plus our Washington State varietals.  Read all about our vineyards below.

In addition we offer many varietals from Lodi, California, especially our Caterina Old Vine Zinfandel, Caterina Cabernet Sauvignon and Caterina Merlot.  These grapes are grown in red dirt and offer amazing consistent flavor year after year. 


Cash Discounts are back – with no deposit!

Our cash discount program is back!  We are passing on savings for cash orders.  Call us at 781-933-8818 with your order; deposits are encouraged but not required. 

Discount program:

  • $1 per case of grapes
  • $2 per bucket for Collina Del Sol Juice
  • $4 per bucket for Mosti Mondiale Wine Juice

You are also welcome to purchase on the website or visit our Danvers store to make your selection.

Mosti Fresco Delivery

We expect our exclusive Mosti Fresco juice will arrive late September amd early October. As always you will receive a call prior to your order's arrival.


About the Boutique Vineyards

Kings River

The Kings River Vineyard is located in Sanger, CA - Southeast of Fresno, on the way to Squaw Valley, Tahoe and the Sierra Foothills.

The vineyard is made up of 40 acres of white ash & sandy loam soil. The vineyard has been in existence since 1954 and the family has grown everything from grapes for wine and raisins to peaches, plums, and apricots on this little piece of paradise. However, they ultimately decided to focus on what they love most - boutique style wines. The vineyard produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Alicante, Syrah, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Primitivo, Albariño, Muscat, and Chenin Blanc. Each block is meticulously managed. They thin leaves, drop fruit to secure intense flavors, and drip irrigate as to not over-water the vines. This family definitely produces grapes of distinction.

Tehama Valley – Barison Vineyards

Tehama Valley is our newest edition to the Harvest Menu. Barison Vineyards is located on a hillside made up of red volcanic soil and gravel, this regenerative farm vineyard uses its own compost, plant cover crops, and has cattle and chickens on the vineyard. The owner of this vineyard wrote the vineyard book Vitibook (used at UC Davis), and fun fact – won 7 barrel racing competitions in his home of Piedmont, Italy. We are excited to be bringing you grapes from Barison Vineyards this season!

Mettler Family Vineyards

The Mettler family has been farming wine grapes in the Lodi Appellation since the late 1800s. As one of Lodi’s oldest farming families, they take pride in farming their vineyards both organically and sustainably. Integrity for the land along with responsible farming practices ensures that their wine grapes are of the highest quality.

Contra Costa

Located below Suisun Bay and East of the Oakland Hills, Contra Costa is the premier growing area for Italian varietal wine grapes. Many of the vines grown in this area are considered ancient. The Mediterranean climate produces wines with bold features and good color. The soil is deep and sandy, making the grapes fight for their water, only increasing the intensity of the fruit. Think big bold reds, with leathery notes, and supple tannins.

Washington State – Rattlesnake Hills

Due in large part to the clay-poor soils, the Yakima Valley is one of the few places on earth where European wine grapes (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir) can still be grown on their own roots, also a factor  generally associated with high quality. The shallow soil profile contains large chunks of calcium-caked gravel and calcium carbonate horizons called “Caliche”. In most areas, the caliche forms a conspicuous white layer under the topsoil that adds mineral complexity. The deep roots of the vines penetrate through the surface layer of loess, which averages 18 inches in thickness throughout most of the vineyard, and into the underlying calcium-rich substrate. This gravelly, high pH substrate forces the vines to struggle, an additional factor associated with
high quality grapes and wine.

In the Yakima Valley and its sub-AVA, Rattlesnake Hills, the surface layers of vineyard soils are based primarily in loess, which is mostly wind-deposited silt and fine sand derived from the sediments of the ‘Missoula’ ice age floods. The content of the soils consists of a mixture of minerals derived from both the local basalt bedrock and the granite and limestone of northern Idaho and Montana. Most of the soils are classified as silt loams (mostly Harwood-Burke, but also Weihl and Scoon), which are low in clay. The low clay content creates well-drained soils, encouraging the vines to root more deeply, a factor generally associated with high quality grapes and wines. It also creates an inhospitable environment for phylloxera, an aphid-like pest that feeds on the roots of grapevines.