Posted in Press Releases on Aug 07, 2017
Napa, CA (August 7, 2017) – It’s an exciting morning here in Napa Valley – Napa Valley Grapegrowers are reporting the first picks, which means the 2017 harvest is underway! Sparkling wine house, Domaine Chandon picked 8 acres of pinot noir from its Yountville estate vineyard starting at 4:30 am.
“Everything coming in today looks great – color-wise, cluster size, and overall uniformity,” commented Patrick Riggs, viticulturist at Domaine Chandon and NVG member.
by NVG Media Team
Drenched in an unprecedented amount of rain during the first months of the year, the 2017 bud break — the commencement of the growing season — took place in mid-March.
In grape growing, the start doesn’t give an indication to the finish. It is what happens in between March through August that truly influences harvest.
by Henry Lutz
Napa’s grapes today are at a turning point in their growth cycles as they ripen and enter the home stretch to harvest.
Varietals across the valley have begun to take on their telltale change of hues — petit verdot in Oakville, merlot and malbec in Rutherford, chardonnay in Carneros, zinfandel in Calistoga and cabernet sauvignon in virtually every locale.
by Bill Swindell
A new regulation aimed at improving the water quality of two tributaries that run into San Pablo Bay means vineyard owners in those watersheds will have to obtain new permits under more rigorous guidelines for their storm water runoff.
In approving the new rule last month, members of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board said they were concerned that vineyards could be discharging sediment and pesticides into the watershed that would, among other things, trigger erosion and threaten fish habitat.
Posted in Press Releases on Aug 01, 2017
NAPA, CA – August 1, 2017 – It was a joyous day in downtown Napa as a record 2,500-plus Napa County farmworkers and their families, and over 50 community organizations took part in the sixth annual “Día de la Familia” hosted by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sunday, July 30. This one-of-a-kind annual street festival brought together the community at-large, showcasing its vibrancy, comradery, and good will, which makes Napa Valley an exceptional place to live and work in.