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  • Average or better yields and high quality fruit highlight first phase of Napa Valley harvest

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Sep 07, 2016

    By Greg Northcutt

    By the first of September, Napa Valley wine grape growers had picked much of their 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc crop and were just beginning to harvest their Merlot and other earlier red varieties, says Garrett Buckland.

    Buckland, partner of Premiere Viticultural Services, based in Napa, Calif., expects the three-to-four-week harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon, the area’s most widely-planted variety, to begin around Sept. 20.

    Click here to read more at Western Farm Press

  • Organic Wines Keep it on the Lowdown

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Jul 25, 2016

    By W. Blake Gray

    Mildew and viruses may actually make wine taste better, but you might not want to get into the true dirt of organic farming with consumers. These were two of the takeaways from Napa Valley's 10th annual organic grapegrowing conference last week. Napa Valley Grapegrowers says it's the only annual conference of its type in the country, where growers can explain to each other how to give up the Roundup.

    Click here to read more at Wine-Searcher

  • The changing of the grapes: Veraison underway in Napa Valley

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Jul 12, 2016

    For Weekly Calistogan

    The Napa Valley Grapegrowers have confirmed that veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway.

    Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development. They not only change color, but they begin to increase in weight and volume as well.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Grapegrowers Optimistic About 2016 Season

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Jun 02, 2016

    By Register Staff

    An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to this year’s growing season in Napa Valley. Tiny flower clusters emerged from grapevines marking the bloom period in which grapevines become pollinated and fertilized allowing these flowers to eventually become grape berries.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Threat of Nutrient Deficiencies Equal to Drought

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Apr 26, 2016

    By Paul Franson

    Napa, Calif.—Grapegrowers devote a lot of attention to water (hardly surprising in view of recent shortages in California), but most probably don’t focus as much on vine nutrition. While aware that plants obviously need minerals, growers also know that grapevines are relatively undemanding compared to most crops, and it sometimes seems that soil contains an unlimited supply. Nevertheless, the auditorium at Copia in Napa was filled by growers and winemakers at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ third seminar in this year’s series about sustainable vineyard practices, which focused on vine physiology and nutrition.

    Click here to read more at Wines and Vines