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  • Veraison Underway in Napa Valley. Napa Valley Grapegrowers Looking Forward to the 2017 Harvest.

    Posted in Press Releases on Jul 27, 2017

    NAPA, CA (July 27, 2017) – According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development. They not only change color, but they also begin to increase in weight, volume, and sugar content.

    “Reports of veraison have started to come in, and the upcoming warm weather will surely accelerate ripening. Crop size seems healthy, and we are hopeful for another outstanding vintage,” said Matt Reid, winemaker at Benessere Vineyards and NVG member.

  • Regional Water Quality Control Board Passes New Waste Discharge Requirements

    Posted on Jul 16, 2017

    by Kerana Todorov

    HUNDREDS OF VINEYARD OWNERS in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds face new state regulations as part of an effort to improve water quality in rivers and creeks, which are home to the Chinook salmon and other native species. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday approved the new waste discharge requirements over the objections from industry representatives who said the order was ambiguous, vague and needed more work. The votes to approve the EIR and the Waste Discharge Requirements were both 5-0.

  • Napa, Sonoma vineyards face new watershed regulations

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Jul 14, 2017

    by Cynthnia Sweeney

    Vineyard owners in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds are facing new regulations after a decision by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting July 12.

    The decision is the result of a lengthy environmental-impact report years in the making that addresses protection of species and habitat in the area.

    Click here to read more on North Bay Business Journal .

  • Water Board passes new regulations for Napa grape growers

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Jul 13, 2017

    by Barry Eberling

    Grape growers in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds face new regulations designed to help reduce sediment eroding into waterways where it can hurt fish.

    The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday passed regulations that have been years in the making. Growers will have to prepare farm plans to control sediment, nutrients and other materials that can run off during storms from vineyards and dirt roads.

    Click to read the complete article on Napa Valley Register.

  • Worker housing funded by Napa vineyards can’t meet demand

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Jul 09, 2017

    by Esther Mobley

    Wake-up time is 4:30 a.m. for Jesus Angel Sanchez Victoria and Cesar Alegria Ruiz. It’s early — but then again, everyone wakes up early at the River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center in St. Helena, where breakfast is served between 3 and 6 a.m.

    Before they leave for their vineyard jobs, Ruiz and Victoria grab a sandwich or a burrito from the River Ranch kitchen. When their workday with Corona Vineyard Management ends — often around 4 p.m., depending on how hot it gets — it’s back to River Ranch. They spend their evenings doing laundry, listening to music, playing basketball and, every night, calling their families.

    Click here to read the article on San Francisco Chronicle.