Grape harvesting usually begins late January and ends mid to late April. It can be an intense,
but exciting time of year, as a lot of grapes tend to ripen at the same time. LGVS is able to
manage your grape harvesting bookings including picking times, transport, winery bookings
liaison with winemakers and GLO’s.
We use the Pellenc Selectiv Process harvester, which is the next generation of grape
harvesters. What sets this machine apart from other conventional harvesters, is its ability to sort
and de-stem the fruit on board the machine, leaving leaf, stems and wood in the vineyard. Fruit
can then be delivered to the winery as predominantly whole berries. This can reduce winery
processing malfunctions due to MOG (Material Other than Grapes) going through the crusher.
Some wineries are now negotiating higher prices for de-stemmed and sorted fruit, as clean
grape samples are easier managed during processing. The fruit is clean enough to go straight
into the fermenter if desired.
The harvester’s on-board Selectiv Process system comprises of a high frequency in line
de-stemmer and an onboard sorting table. This successfully removes petioles, MOG and other
waste from the sample. The harvester has an “Activ’ Head” which allows the picking head to
hydraulically align itself over the centre of the cordon automatically. This dramatically reduces
the load on trellis posts. The harvester carries up to 3 tonne of grapes on board, therefore the
gondola or bin trailer never need enter the vine row because the fruit is always tipped at the