by Garrett Buckland, President, Napa Valley Grapegrowers
To grow grapes in Napa Valley is to engage in a longstanding tradition. For nearly two centuries, Napa Valley farmers have worked with fertile volcanic soils and a unique climate, perfect for grapegrowing and agriculture of all kinds.
Records show that commercial vineyards began to be planted as early as the 19th century, and right away, Napa Valley wines were renowned for their quality. Even through trying times including Prohibition, natural disasters, and the relentless march of urban sprawl, agriculture has maintained its prominent position as an integral part of life in the Napa Valley.
by Jean Saylor Doppenberg
There's no argument that the wine in your glass showcases the skill of the winemaker. Yet it was Mother Nature who engineered the growing season that made it all possible. Rain at the right time and in the right amount, the absence of damaging frost, the welcome colling from the marine layer after a string of hot days - these fluctuations of the weather all contrinuted to the flavors in the bottle.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) hosted the 2017 Napa Valley Harvest Press Conference, which provided a comprehensive discussion of the growing season and issues affecting Napa Valley vineyards.
Speaker panel included:
Meaghan Becker, General Manager at Quintessa;
Rory Williams, Assistant Vineyard Manager & Assistant Winemaker at Frog’s Leap Winery;
Oscar Renteria, CEO and Owner at Renteria Vineyard Management and Renteria Family Wines;
and moderated by Jennifer Putnam, CEO and Executive Director at NVG
Mother Nature has delivered the perfect balance of winter rain and warm summer sunshine
8/22/2017 - Napa Valley, CA – The 2017 Napa Valley winegrape harvest has begun in earnest, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Vintners associations announced in a joint statement today. Wine lovers everywhere can follow along as the 2017 vintage unfolds in America’s leading wine region.
by Jane Firstenfeld
North Coast, Calif.—It was all hands on deck today for North Coast sparkling wine producers. Starting at 4:30 a.m., Domaine Chandon picked 8 acres of Pinot Noir from its Yountville Estate vineyard, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
Gloria Ferrer, located on the Sonoma side of the Carneros AVA, also reported the onset of harvest today. Mumm Napa also started picking today, harvesting Pinot Noir from Green Island vineyard in American Canyon. Winemaking operations manager Tamra Lotz confirmed that totals out of the press today were 19.6 tons of Pinot Noir measuring 20.0° Brix.