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  • Napa Valley growers cite looming labor shortage and other vineyard challenges

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Oct 12, 2016

    By David Stoneberg

    A tight supply of vineyard workers, California’s new law mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees and climate change highlighted Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ harvest press conference Wednesday morning.

    “Labor is a hot topic right now. There is a shortage of people wanting to get into vineyard work,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist for the Silverado Farming Company.

    Given the labor situation, preserving the current workforce is “what we need to focus on — keeping them safe, healthy and happy and keeping them here,” she said.

    Michael Silacci, winemaker for Opus One, was more direct. “We feel vineyard workers are perhaps the most valuable resource we have, after the grapevine,” he said.

    Click here to read more at the St. Helena Star

  • First big rains of rain season heading toward Napa

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Oct 11, 2016

    By Barry Eberling

    Napa County could soon get a wet wallop, but local grape growers and Safeway Open golf tournament officials expect to weather the blow.

    The National Weather Service on Tuesday predicted a storm will hit late Thursday through Friday and another late Saturday into Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times and top three inches at some North Bay locations, with more than an inch closer to the region’s bays.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • 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