Rod Byers: Harvest talk

Owner, farmer, and winemaker of Montoliva Vineyard and Winery Mark Henry said 2022 has been a tough year.

I headed out to Montoliva Vineyard and Winery in Chicago Park early Sunday morning on October 23 where owner, farmer, and winemaker Mark Henry and his band of pickers were harvesting his Estate-grown Montepulciano grapes.

By his own admission, 2022 has been a tough year. When it’s all over, I asked, how might he remember the harvest? “That’s easy,” Henry replied. “No fruit.”

Rod Byers: Harvest talk

“Last year we harvested 12 tons from the Chicago Park Wabash Avenue Vineyard," Mark Henry, owner of Montoliva Vineyard and Winery, said. "This year I was anticipating as much as 15-18 tons. We got zero. We harvested 800 pounds of our Estate Primitivo, down from twenty-four hundred pounds last year. I estimate I'll get one ton of Sangiovese, down from five. Maybe one ton from the Montepulciano.”

Rod Byers: Harvest talk

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Rod Byers: Harvest talk

Mark Henry, owner, farmer, and winemaker of Montoliva Vineyard and Winery, punches down estate Sangiovese.

Rod Byers: Harvest talk

Owner, farmer, and winemaker of Montoliva Vineyard and Winery Mark Henry poses with the final bin on the final day of the 2022 harvest. He said said 2022 has been a tough year.

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