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  • Napa Valley grape growers, county stress smokeless vineyard burns

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Dec 31, 2017

    by Henry Lutz

    Piles of vines lie in wait, slowly drying after having been carefully removed and stacked, with all treated wood and plastic pulled and as little dirt and organic material left clinging to the vines as possible.

    This is all in an effort by Napa’s grape growers and vineyard managers to minimize the amount of smoke the piles let off when they are finally burned.

    Click here to read the complete article in the Napa Valley Register.

  • Protecting Vineyards in Fire-Ravaged Areas

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Dec 12, 2017

    by Andrew Adams

    Yountville, Calif.—Some of the blackened hills of the North Bay are sporting a light covering of green as new grasses push from the soil following November rains.

    Yet many of the trees on those hills are dead brown, and large swaths of blackened hillside remain in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Solano counties. More than two months after fires ignited across the North Coast, much work remains to be done in ensuring the areas affected by the fires won’t be further damaged by significant erosion.

    Click here to read the complete article on Wines & Vines.

  • Grapegrowers send help to S. Califorina wildfire victims

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Dec 08, 2017

    by NVR staff

    The Napa Valley Grapegrowers sent supplies this week to agriculture and winery organizations in the areas of Southern California battling multiple wildfires.

    The aid comes even as recovery efforts continue in Northern California after the massive wildfires that struck here in early October.

    Click here to read the complete article in the Napa Valley Register.

  • Grapegrowers, Napa County team up to help landowners install erosion controls

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Dec 01, 2017

    by Henry Lutz

    Fearing erosion of their land this winter, Napans took to the Napa Valley Expo on Wednesday morning for the promise of free supplies and advice courtesy of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and a cadre of county offices for the first Erosion Control Community Fair.

    Pallets of straw wattles were stacked high and up for grabs along with stakes, mulch, seed mixes, gloves, boots, tarps and other erosion control trappings, while the county’s Ag Commissioner’s Office, Planning Department, Resource Conservation District and other authorities offered their expertise to those working to tackle the looming threat of erosion in the wake of the October wildfires.

    Click here to read the full article Napa Valley Register.

  • Renewing a commitment to the Ag Preserve

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Nov 16, 2017

    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.

    Click here to read the article in the Napa Valley Register.