by Bill Swindell
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost.
Pockets of vineyards across the county have been awakened early from their winter slumber by mild, dry weather over the past week, leaving them vulnerable to frost damage.
by Henry Lutz
The year's first signs of life have come to Napa Valley vineyards, marking an exceptionally early start to the grape growing season here.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers announced Thursday that bud break, the first stage of vine growth wherein vines emerge from their winter dormancy and begin to produce shoots that will one day bear grapes, has begun in areas like the southern Carneros region. Vines in the area are typically the first in Napa County to begin the growing season and are among the first to be harvested each year.
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.
by Cynthia Sweeney
A Wine Business Institute concludes virtually none of the vineyards in the North Bay were affected by the October wildfires, though tasting room traffic and sales dropped.
Preiminary findings indicate 99.8 percent, or 138,937 of 139,204 acres were unaffected, the Sonoma State University-based institute announced.
by Staff Reporter
Four women and four men made the cut for this year’s best pruners of Napa Valley vineyards.
Judged for speed and accuracy, they emerged victorious in Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation’s 17th annual Napa County Pruning Contest, held at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard on Feb. 3.