Pickers (l to r) Dolly Ramos, Miles Ford, Teresa Taniza, Alma Pagaran and Harminder Singh take a well-deserved lunch break on a hot day. Photo Geoff Cummings

The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt.

Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers are crossed that they won’t be discarding as much crop as in 2016 and 2017.

• Geoff Cummings   

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