By Cathy Huyghe
Oscar Renteria of Renteria Vineyard Management knows that a labor shortage isn’t just pending at some point in the future. It’s already upon him. Here are two realities about the difficulty of growing grapes in the Napa Valley: the farming itself, and finding people to do the farming.
By Anne Ward Ernst
Arnulfo Solorio believes that learning English helped advance his farmworker career, and his dream of seeing fellow farmworkers achieve the same is being realized through the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, which held its first farmworker recognition and donor appreciation luncheon Tuesday.
Posted in Industry News on Apr 21, 2016
By Todd Fitchette
Napa’s Valley’s famed wine region produced significantly fewer grapes in 2015, dragging with it the gross value of all grapes produced in the county by 24 percent to less than $550 million. That compares to the previous year’s record value of $718.9 million on over 174,000 tons produced, also a record. Average grape yields fell 30-32 percent compared to the previous year, with some growers reporting as much as a 50-percent decline in tonnage. Total tonnage of wine grapes harvested in Napa County fell 29 percent to just over 124,000 tons.
Posted in Industry News on Apr 08, 2016
By Barry Eberling
Key wine industry groups say they will oppose the Napa County Water, Forest and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative targeted for the November ballot. Napa Valley Vintners, Winegrowers of Napa County, Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa County Farm Bureau delivered that message in a joint letter. They said the proposed law would add complications to a system that already works.
By Paul Franson
The grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) was the topic of one of the sessions at the second Sustainable Vineyard Practices seminar on Pests & Diseases organized by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, University of California Cooperative Extension and the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group (Vit Tech).