The auger system that feeds grapes to the de-stemmer decided to quit working this morning. On the ground & ready to de-stem were 6 bins of Chardonnay grapes. Thus we witnessed the following sequence of events:
Clay standing on the bin dumper on the ready with his trusty shovel. The goal is to dig into the grapes:
Here is the dig:
And now a lovely shovel full:
And finally a perfectly pitched load into the waiting maw of the de-stemmer:
Six bins? Why that’s a bit shy of three tons worth of shoveling. Not a bad morning’s work, & then just as Clay finished the last shovel load, the auger came back to life. The fervent hope is that the auger will choose to continue working throughout the remainder of harvest.