VineLines Dispatch: Harvest of Walla Walla Valley

By on November 9, 2020
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Harvest of Syrah at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

Resident photojournalist Richard Duval took to the road from September through October capturing harvest and crush activities for a series of photo essays on the 2020 vintage.

From Chelan to both sides of the Columbia River Gorge, he photographed winegrowers and winemakers focused on bringing in the fruit. Today’s column is Dispatch #3 — the Walla Walla Valley.


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Harvest of Syrah at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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Harvest of Merlot at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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Harvest of Merlot at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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Harvest of Merlot at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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Harvest of Sèmillon from Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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Sadie Drury, general manager/viticulturist of North Slope Management, loads bins of Seven Hills Vineyard Sèmillon for delivery to L’Ecole Nº 41 Winery. (Richard Duval Images)

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Sadie Drury, general manager/viticulturist of North Slope Management, dons her mask while operating a forklift at Seven Hills Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)

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Kelsey Albro Itämeri, owner/winemaker of itä Wines in Walla Walla, Wash., collects final samples of Primitivo from Les Collines Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)

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Primitivo hangs on the vine on Sept. 6, 2020 at Les Collines Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)

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Pinot Noir continues to go through veraison at Breezy Slope Vineyard on Sept. 6, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)

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Kelsey Albro Itämeri of itä Wines collects Pinot Noir samples from Breezy Slope Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)

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The crush was on at Eternal Wines in the Walla Walla Region Airport District. Owner/winemaker Brad Binko and assistant Hannah Thorning work with Pinot Noir grapes. (Richard Duval Images)

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Owner/winemaker Brad Binko of Eternal Wines pays tribute to the 2003 Boston Red Sox while bringing in Pinot Noir grapes. (Richard Duval Images)

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Eternal Wines in the Walla Walla Region Airport District processes a load of Pinot Noir grapes. (Richard Duval Images)

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At Grosgrain Vineyards, owner/winemaker Matt Austin unloads the next bin of grapes and checks on juice levels. (Richard Duval Images)

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Marc Leahy, owner/winemaker of Dillon Cellars, samples freshly pressed juice. (Richard Duval Images)

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Connor McCaw tops barrels while Joe Czarny makes space at Duckhorn-owned Canvasback. (Richard Duval Images)

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Connor McCaw tops barrels at Canvasback. (Richard Duval Images)

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The painstaking task of netting provides protection for ripening grapes from birds at historic Windrow Vineyard, a planting owned by TERO Estates. (Richard Duval Images)

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The final burst of summer ripens Merlot at Northstar Winery’s vineyard in the south end of the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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The final burst of summer ripens Merlot at Northstar Vineyard in the south end of the Walla Walla Valley. (Richard Duval Images)

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The sun rises Sept. 7, 2020 over Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery in Milton-Freewater, Ore. (Richard Duval Images)

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The sun rises Sept. 7, 2020 over Pepper Bridge Vineyard south of Walla Walla, Wash. (Richard Duval Images)

Send your wine industry news items to rduval@vinelines.com and info@GreatNorthwestWine.com and help keep our readers (and us) up to date on the latest happenings in the Great Northwest Wine community.

About Richard Duval

Contributing wine photojournalist Richard Duval captures vivid wine imagery for Great Northwest Wine, Wine Press Northwest and other regional and national wine media. His images are found in wine marketing guides throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho and used by a growing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. From his studio in Woodinville, Wash., Richard creates bottle shots and captures the occasional portrait of wine personalities. His “Art from the Vine” fine art exhibit has been displayed in restaurants, hotels, wineries and wine centers throughout the region. He markets wine work, which includes a line of personal greeting cards, online via WinePix — http://www.winepix.net.

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