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 Kerana Todorov
Napa County residents and other visitors on Saturday headed to vineyards they see every day but do not stop by. They were invited to take part in “Afternoon in the Vineyards,” an event Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Valley Grapegrowers sponsor every year.
by Garrett Buckland, President, Napa Valley Grapegrowers
2018 marks the beginning of 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 AP and AW lands, established agriculture as the highest and best use of the land in Napa County.
by Henry Lutz
The dull roar heard in the distance before dawn Tuesday morning was not helicopters or an invading army of locusts, as some Napa Valley newcomers might have feared.
It was the sound of grape vines surviving the night.
With recent nighttime temperatures approaching freezing and the threat of frost looming over budding vines, Napa Valley growers have turned on their wind machines — devices that stir the air, thwarting potential damage to young, tender shoots in the early weeks of the growing season.
by Jane Firstenfeld
Bay Area, Calif.—The Feb. 15 announcement that grapevines had broken bud in southern Napa County might have seemed like a boast to non-farmers. In fact, it sounded an alarm not just in Napa but throughout Northern California vineyards.
After a record dry and relatively warm winter dormant season, the early bud break—followed by persistent sub-freezing temperatures—forced some grapegrowers to switch from passive to active frost-control measures.