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  • 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.

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  • Vineyard field day teaches about good birds, bad birds

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Apr 09, 2016

    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.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus Found In Napa Valley

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Mar 09, 2016

    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).

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  • Winegrape Vines Sprout In Sonoma, Napa, Lake Counties

    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.

    Click here to read more at North Bay Business Journal