(1 of ) The tractor lights up the row as a worker heads back to pick with an empty lug near Glen Ellen, Ca., August 10, 2009.
(2 of ) At 3 a.m. on Monday Sam Pureco, turned on his headlamp and started this years crush in the Sonoma Valley with a block of pinot noir grapes from Hunter Farms destined for sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer.
(3 of ) The tractor lights up the row as a worker heads back to pick with an empty lug.
(4 of ) Hunter Farms vineyard manager Chris Bowen removes leaves from the picked grapes.
(5 of ) Workers pick the first grapes of the year at Hunter Farms in the Sonoma Valley on Monday.
(6 of ) Before the crack of dawn all you see in a 30 second exposure are the stars above and the streaks from the headlamps of running workers picking the first grapes of the year at Hunter Farms in Sonoma Valley.
(7 of ) Rushing back to the tractor with a full lug.
(8 of ) Ignacio Pureco picks pinot noir grapes at Hunters Farm, the first vineyard to pick this year's crush at 3 a.m on Monday morning. The grapes will be used my Gloria Ferrer for their champagne.
(9 of ) The crush started at 3 a.m. on Monday morning in the Sonoma Valley when vineyard workers turned on their headlamps and picked pinot noir grapes from Hunter Farms.
(10 of ) As the sun rises another lug is added to the bin destined for Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine.
(11 of ) A worker with a full lug runs to empty the fruit.
(12 of ) At 4 a.m the stars are out and the headlamps of the workers light the vines as they pick.
(13 of ) Sam Pureco uses a double headlamp to guide his pruning knife.
(14 of ) Ignacio Pureco, 77, has filled many grape lugs over the years. John Burgess/The Press Democrat
(15 of ) Sam Pureco uses a double headlamp to guide his pruning knife.