I volunteered, last year, to hand harvest pinot noir is Somerset. This is the story of a very unglamorous harvesting experience.
While the larger quantity of grapes is machine harvested, the popular belief is that hand harvesting is required for the production of high-quality wines. There are inexpensive wines such as the Beaujolais Nouveau which requires hand harvesting by law and there are expensive, premium wines which are machine harvested and produced at a great scale. <