Posted in NVG News on Jun 21, 2017
by Henry Lutz
As an extended heat wave roils the state, grape growers in Napa are taking steps to keep vineyard workers cool on the hottest days. Meanwhile, the abrupt surge in temperatures has marked a significant shift in the growth cycle of the vines and their fruit.
by Henry Lutz
The customary way to get rid of vineyard clippings and old vines is to burn them in the wet season, but the times are changing.
A draft county climate action plan proposes alternatives to the traditional open burning of vineyards, while environmentalists are pushing to end burning altogether. Both efforts are rooted in ultimately reducing the county’s greenhouse gas emissions.
by NVG Task Force
"Picture this scene: This year in Napa, we have benefited from frequent and significant rain. Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s hotline announces an increasingly rare permitted burn day. An inversion layer, however, can cause smog and smoke to remain near ground level.
We all know what happens next: The match is struck and the stage is set for the kind of smoky burn that disturbs neighbors and sets a bad example of what it means to farm in the Napa Valley.
Can the industry do more to prevent the occurrences of these types of burns? Yes — ask the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Vineyard Burning Task Force."
By North Bay Business Journal
Rutherford grower Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch has been named the 2017 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.
Hall will be honored for his contributions to the Napa Valley wine industry and community on May 12 at Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 42nd annual dinner. Award criteria are a strong commitment to sustainable practices, recognized leadership in agricultural preservation, dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community and active promotion of Napa’s reputation for the highest-quality vineyards.
By Henry Lutz
The growing season has begun in Napa’s vineyards, with the first buds opening on vines from Carneros north to St. Helena. Over the coming weeks and months, shoots, leaves and berries will follow.
Caleb Mosley, senior viticulturist with Michael Wolf Vineyard Services, said Thursday that bud break is prevalent in the southern end of the county, citing a client’s blocks of chardonnay off Cuttings Wharf Road in the Carneros region.
“From what I’ve seen so far that’s where bud break is really taking off,” Mosley said.