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.
By Maria Sestito
When it comes to caring for healthy, productive vineyards, don’t underestimate the benefit of birds of prey. That’s what farmworkers, vineyard managers and viticulturists learned Friday during a field day offered through the Napa Valley Grapegrowers at Huichica Creek Sustainable Demonstration Vineyard. The field day, which focused on “vertebrates in the vineyard,” was the third and final day of a three-part series that included training sessions, classroom seminars and field trips.
By Paul Franson
The grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) was the topic of one of the sessions at the second Sustainable Vineyard Practices seminar on Pests & Diseases organized by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, University of California Cooperative Extension and the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group (Vit Tech).
Posted in Growing Season on Mar 07, 2016
By Jeff Quackenbush
Following on recent sightings of winegrape vines springing back from a winter nap in Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Lake County growers are reporting vines are budding or soon will be. Warm temperatures and relatively little recent rain have brought on the start of the 2016 winegrape season, a stage called bud break, according to Jennifer Putnam, CEO and executive director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers, a trade association with more than 690 members.
Posted in Growing Season on Mar 02, 2016
By Register Staff
With the combination of warm temperatures and relatively little recent rain, bud break has begun in Napa Valley, marking the beginning of the winegrape growing season. “Buds on chardonnay have begun swelling and bursting on a few vines. With this warm weather and no real rain or cold weather in the near forecast, it shouldn’t be long before everything takes off,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist at Silverado Farming Company and a member of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.