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.
by NVG Media Team
Drenched in an unprecedented amount of rain during the first months of the year, the 2017 bud break — the commencement of the growing season — took place in mid-March.
In grape growing, the start doesn’t give an indication to the finish. It is what happens in between March through August that truly influences harvest.
by Henry Lutz
Napa’s grapes today are at a turning point in their growth cycles as they ripen and enter the home stretch to harvest.
Varietals across the valley have begun to take on their telltale change of hues — petit verdot in Oakville, merlot and malbec in Rutherford, chardonnay in Carneros, zinfandel in Calistoga and cabernet sauvignon in virtually every locale.
by Celcile Ruffino
Veraison Underway in Napa Valley
According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), 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 also begin to increase in weight, volume, and sugar content.
By Henry Lutz
The growing season has begun in Napa’s vineyards, with the first buds opening on vines from Carneros north to St. Helena. Over the coming weeks and months, shoots, leaves and berries will follow.
Caleb Mosley, senior viticulturist with Michael Wolf Vineyard Services, said Thursday that bud break is prevalent in the southern end of the county, citing a client’s blocks of chardonnay off Cuttings Wharf Road in the Carneros region.
“From what I’ve seen so far that’s where bud break is really taking off,” Mosley said.