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  • Harvest Begins in Napa Valley

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News, Press Releases on Aug 07, 2020

    by NVG Staff

    The 2020 Napa Valley harvest is underway throughout the region according to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), with sparkling wine varieties leading the way to the presses. 2020’s growing season bodes well for a landmark harvest.

    “Amidst the chaos of the pandemic, the grapes continue to ripen, and grape growers feel the continuity of harvest. It has been a superb growing season with moderate weather; Napa Valley is fortunate, we continue to have beautiful fruit, ready for harvest, time and time again,” said Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, Business Manager for Yount Mill Vineyards and Napa Wine Company, whose first pick is this coming Saturday, August 8, from her Block House Vineyard in Yountville, “COVID-19 protection is top-of-mind though, and we are committed to enforcing best practice protocols to ensure all employees in the vineyard and winery are safe while harvest is underway.”

    Read the full NVG press release.

  • Farmworker Foundation and Napa Valley Grapegrowers Fund Mobile Health Unit Through St. Helena Hospital

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News, Press Releases on Jul 22, 2020

    by NVG Staff

    The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) and Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) announce a partnership with St. Helena Hospital Foundation (SHHF) to increase access to COVID-19 screening for farmworkers. NVG and FWF have jointly funded supplying and staffing a mobile health unit, capable of traveling to vineyard sites and testing up to 100 vineyard workers per day. These funds have secured an initial order of 3,000 pilots tests to be made available throughout harvest to vineyard workers.

    Read the full NVG and FWF Press Release.

  • in wine country, coronavirus cases rise in cramped farmworker housing

    Posted on Jul 16, 2020

    by Danielle Echeverria

    As Eppie Ordaz, a grape grower in Sonoma County, readies his vineyard for the late August harvest season, he is stocking masks and gloves for employees, planning empty rows to allow workers to keep their distance, and putting extra disinfectants and sanitation stations into place. The changes are new, but having to change isn’t, he says.

    “Every harvest there are some crazy changes, adjustments and events, so I think we are pretty well prepared for anything,” he said. “There’s always something Mother Nature is going to throw at us, and COVID is another Mother Nature curveball, I guess.”

    Read the full article at SF

  • COVID-19 Cases Increasing, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation Establishes Task Force

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News, Press Releases on Jun 30, 2020

    by NVG Staff

    Since 2011, the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation has served Napa County’s Latino community, providing educational and professional development opportunities for more than 21,000 Napa Valley farm workers and family members. Our work continues during these difficult times, as we pivot to keep vineyard and winery workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Since early March, the Farmworker Foundation has developed essential COVID-19 safety protocols and resources in Spanish and English and has been successful in slowing the spread of the virus in the vineyard workplace. To date, Napa County’s COVID-19 cases have remained low compared to other parts of California.

    Read the full FWF press release (English). (Español)

  • Napa Valley Growing Season Strong

    Posted in NVG News, Press Releases on Jun 15, 2020

    by NVG Staff

    The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) announced this week that winegrape season is officially underway, as growers confirm strong fruit set in all grape varieties. Known as the process in which flowers become fruit, fruit set is an important milestone in the growing cycle, allowing grape growers to survey berry size and potential crop yields for the upcoming vintage.

    Read the full NVG press release.