Posted in Press Releases on Feb 11, 2019
NAPA, CA (February 10, 2019) – The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation held the 18th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard on Saturday, February 9. In spite of the overcast skies, 153 contestants came out to showcase their skills in what is considered the most prestigious competition for Napa Valley’s vineyard professionals.
Posted in Press Releases on Jan 09, 2019
NAPA, CA (January 9, 2019) – On Wednesday, January 23, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers will present Ahead of the Curve 2019: Supporting the Preservation of Agriculture. This half-day symposium and luncheon offers a unique opportunity to learn from global leaders in agriculture, sustainability, leadership, wine trends, and demographics, as they provide thought-provoking inspiration to help shape how we will preserve and promote Napa Valley's vineyards for many generations to come.
by Garrett Buckland
This year marked the 50-year anniversary of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve—the first of its kind in the nation. This landmark set of zoning laws, which encompasses agricultural preserve and agricultural watershed lands, established agriculture as the highest and best use of the land in Napa County.
As grapegrowers, we believe this is a time to recognize the county’s successes that have resulted from its commitment to preserving agricultural land. This is the third article in a three-part series commemorating 2018 as the 50th anniversary of the Ag Preserve.
by Dan Clark
The occasion was the annual harvest press conference of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the location was Arkenstone Estate near the community of Angwin on Howell Mountain. Jennifer Putnam, Executive Director of the trade organization, moderated a grower panel featuring Sam Kaplan, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager of the hosting Arkenstone, Kelly Macleod of Hudson Vineyards and Pete Richmond, whose Silverado Farming Company manages over 600 vineyard acres for several high-end Napa County wineries.
By and large, growers are a more candid lot than the promoters of the wines their efforts produce. They reveal real life vineyard challenges not covered in the “warm days, cool nights” language of a wine bottle’s back label. During their October 23rd presentation, however, all three growers described this year’s conditions as ideal and suggested that 2018 would likely please winemakers, as well as growers.
by Kerana Todorov
The 2019 harvest in the Napa Valley has been seamless, with neither frost or heat spikes during the growing season.
Sugars are lower than the last couple of years with bright acids, Sam Kaplan, winemaker and vineyard manager at Arkenstone Estate said on Tuesday during the annual Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Harvest press conference. The harvest at Arkenstone on Mount Howell ended Friday.
The whites in barrel are bone dry at this point and very expressive, Kaplan said. “The Cabernets that are fermenting have great color, great tannin, great fruit extraction,” he added. “So we’re really optimistic.”
“We’re going to have really expressive fruit, great, rich ripe wines, but not over the top,” Kaplan said. “They’re fun.”