by Sasha Paulsen
The rains that dropped 3-5 inches of rain on Napa County vineyards in the last week should not be a major problem for this year’s grape crop, farmers are saying.
Fortunately, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are in the early stages of flowering, while Napa Valley’s dominant grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, is yet to flower, they say.
“Rain is not the end of the world,” said Garrett Buckland from Premier Viticultural Services and a member of the board of directors of Napa Valley Grapegrowers. “We don’t anticipate problems. We always have one eye on the weather, but as farmers, we never worry. We have a lot of tools and we just design a program to deal with whatever we get.”
NAPA, CA (May 13, 2019) – On Friday night at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 44th Annual Dinner, longtime Napa Valley farmer Pete Richmond was honored as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. Richmond was honored for his contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and to our grapegrower and farmworker communities.
by Kevin Courtney
Napa Valley Grapegrowers has announced that bud break has begun in Napa Valley, marking the beginning of the wine grapegrowing season.
“Buds on Chardonnay in the Carneros AVA are swelling and bursting,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist at Renteria Vineyard Management. “These are the first signs of bud break. In the weeks to come, when the weather gets consistently warmer, the sap will start flowing and the vines will be woken up. Bud break will really start to take off then.”
Posted in NVG News on Mar 13, 2019
by Henry Lutz
Seeking international colleagues and fresh ideas in the hunt for answers to the question of climate change, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers took their search abroad last week.
A delegation from the NVG spent several days at the Climate Change Leadership conference in Porto, Portugal, coordinating with other envoys from global wine regions on the meaning of climate change for the worldwide wine industry.
by Henry Lutz
A summer-long steeping in all things wine industry is open again to high schoolers from Napa to Calistoga.
Fields of Opportunity, a partnership between the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, will again take high school students from both the city of Napa and Upvalley through the ins and outs of the largest industry in their backyards.
In years past, high school interns, who are paid a starting wage, have blasted barrels, managed cover crops, had a hand in hospitality and sales, and even witnessed drones at work in the vineyards. Former interns have credited the program with sending them down the path toward careers in agriculture.