Gallery Starting in January, the vines are pruned to remove old growth. This balances each vine with the right number of buds to produce a full crop in the fall, but not so many grape clusters that the quality of each will be less than optimum. By early May, when pruning is complete, the trunks and canes are tied to trellis wires to support the growth of vines and fruit through the summer and fall. Each bud on a vine produces leaves and fruit clusters. You can see the beginnings of grape clusters on this vine. The grape clusters grow through the summer. Frontenac Point Vineyard overlooking Cayuga Lake. By late August, the vines are fully grown for the season. Now the ripening process begins. Pinot Noir grapes before they ripen and turn red (veraison). Ripe, red Chambourcin grapes just before they are hand-picked in late October. September: Harvest is finally here! Boxes are laid out in the vineyard. The grape clusters will be hand-picked and placed in the boxes. A crate of grapes weighs about 30 pounds and produces about 12 bottles of wine. Chardonnay grapes just brought in from the vineyard, waiting to be crushed. A lovely fall day at Frontenac Point Vineyard and Winery. Harvest is over for another year.