NAPA, CA (May 13, 2019) – On Friday night at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 44th Annual Dinner, longtime Napa Valley farmer Pete Richmond was honored as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. Richmond was honored for his contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and to our grapegrower and farmworker communities.
by Kevin Courtney
Napa Valley Grapegrowers has announced that bud break has begun in Napa Valley, marking the beginning of the wine grapegrowing season.
“Buds on Chardonnay in the Carneros AVA are swelling and bursting,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist at Renteria Vineyard Management. “These are the first signs of bud break. In the weeks to come, when the weather gets consistently warmer, the sap will start flowing and the vines will be woken up. Bud break will really start to take off then.”
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 Jancis Robinson
When John Williams of Frog’s Leap organised the first organic wine growing conference in Napa Valley in 1989, nine people turned up (“and I paid seven of them”, he claims). At the end of this month, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers will hold their seventh organic conference and have had to cap sign-ups at 120.
by Jennifer Huffman
Strong demand for Napa Valley grapes—cabernet in particular- helped the value of Napa County’s grape harvest to rise 7.6 percent in 2017, from $683 million in 2016 to $736 million.
The average price per ton for Napa County grapes rose 11 percent to $5,204 per ton, the highest in the state.