Harvest is happening right now in Napa Valley and winemakers are in the groove with the first picking of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Here are some interesting facts about the Napa Valley harvest, or as the locals call it “crush.”
• This year’s harvest started with grapes destined for sparkling wine being picked on Wednesday, July 22nd.
• Cabernet Sauvignon may be king, but winemakers in Napa Valley produce everything from Albariño to Zinfandel.
• You can expect consistent quality wines from vintage to vintage due to ideal growing conditions and a culture of excellence in winemaking.
• To create uniformity of ripeness and concentration of flavor, Napa Valley’s vintners farm for low yields and cull or “drop" fruit that is not perfectly ripe.
• Contrary to popular belief, Napa Valley is quite small, only 4% of California’s annual winegrape harvest comes from Napa Valley.
To learn more about how our passion for quality winemaking comes to life in the vineyards, on the crush pad and in the cellar, be part of the 2015 Napa Valley vintage in the making. Follow the action at #napaharvest and napavintners.com/harvest, and enter to win a harvest crew t-shirt to be part of this year’s harvest season.