Dry Farming On The Freckle Farm

Release Date: 08/08/2013

By Annie Favia

Vineyard owners and managers in Napa steward some precious natural resources: Our air, water, wildlife habitats, and scenic beauty are all integral to our farm plans and our sustainability.  Water is certainly a global concern and a local one. We are fortunate that in Napa, the agricultural jewel is wine grapes because for us, the days of wasteful flood and furrow irrigation are long gone. We are at the forefront of irrigation technology and use mainly the most efficient type: drip irrigation.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Warm Spring Moves Napa Valley Harvest Up

Release Date: 08/07/2013

By Bay City News

The Napa Valley wine grape harvest is happening 10 days to two weeks earlier this year because a warm spring with little frost allowed rapid vine growth and consistency in grape ripening throughout the Napa Valley, members of Napa Valley Grapegrowers said this morning. Jon Ruel, president of Napa Valley Grapegrowers, said it’s too early to predict the tonnage and value of this year’s harvest but “it will hit the target and a little bit more.”

Read more at Bay City News

The Growing Business Of Replanting

Release Date: 12/20/2013

By Amy Warnock

Have you driven down Highway 29 or up the Silverado Trail recently and wondered why so many farmers are ripping out their vineyards? And, are you crazy or does it seem like those piles of pulled out vines get bigger each year?

Growers Expect Early Harvest

Release Date: 08/07/2013

By David Stoneberg

Not only is this year’s grape harvest early, by an average of 10 days to two weeks, but this year’s spring was warmer than normal, prompting the blooms to set evenly and most of the grapes to reach veraison at the same time.  During a Wednesday morning news conference at Oak Knoll’s Trefethen Vineyards, Jon Ruel, Napa Valley Grapegrowers president and chief operation officer of Trefethen, added there is “tremendous demand” for Napa Valley grapes from the 2013 vintage.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Winter: A Time Of Rest For The Vines, But Not Grapegrowers

Release Date: 12/06/2013

By Paul Goldberg

It seems as though post-harvest a grapegrowers’ work would be done and a much-needed four-month vacation would coincide perfectly with the dormancy of the vineyards. Although this time of year is the onset of a long rest for the vines, Napa Valley Grapegrowers continue to work diligently throughout the late fall and winter months to improve the sustainability of their vineyards and businesses.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Grapegrowers Honor Retiring Ag Commissioner Dave Whitmer

Release Date: 12/03/2013

Retiring Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer has received the first “Ed Weber Award” from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.  The organization gave Whitmer the award Tuesday at a luncheon in his honor, held by the Grapegrowers’ board of directors, according to a news release.

Keeping Sheep In Vineyards After Bud Break

Release Date: 07/29/2013

by Paul Franson

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers held its seventh annual Organic Winegrowing Conference on July 25, attracting growers and suppliers from far beyond the Napa Valley to discuss the latest findings, products and practices for sustainable and organic grapegrowing.

Understanding Napa Valley's History Helps Plan For Its Future

Release Date: 06/27/2013

By Jon Ruel

With the associated winemaking and tourism activity, the vineyards of Napa County constitute the core of our local economy. Predicting our future, thus, depends on predictions about our vineyards and those predictions are best informed by understanding the history of our industry.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Pending Rain Could Impact Grape Harvest For Wineries

Release Date: 09/21/2013

By Debora Villalon
Pending rain could impact grape harvest for wineries.

Owl’s Well At The Weka Ranch

Release Date: 10/25/2013

By Sharon Chappell

The 2013 Napa Valley harvest is coming to a spectacular close. It looks, from all accounts, to have been excellent in every important measure. There is still work to be done, however, to ensure that the vines can recover and recharge for next year’s growing season and to tidy up the vineyard in preparation for the rainy winter months ahead.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Napa Valley To Replant Up To 15% Of Vineyards

Release Date: 06/06/2013

By Courtney Humiston

A massive replanting that will uproot 15% of vineyards in Napa Valley over the next five to six years has begun, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers.  Jennifer Putnam, the group’s executive director, said nurseries were completely sold out of vines until 2015, and that ‘we know these are not for new acres.’


Napa Valley Grapes On Fast Track

Release Date: 07/24/2013

By Greg Northcutt

“The current weather should result in a short-duration veraison,” Garrett Buckland says. “We should see veraison in a vineyard go from about 5 percent of the grapes to 95 percent in less than two weeks.  That would make for a crop of more uniform ripeness and higher quality.

Read more at Western Farm Press

Second Annual Dia De La Familia Festival Is Sunday

Release Date: 07/15/2013

On Sunday, July 21, from 1-4 p.m., Napa Street in downtown Napa will be transformed into a festive street fair for Napa Valley farmworkers and their families at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ second annual “Dia de la Familia.” 

Read more at St. Helena Star

Meet The Grape Farmers Of Napa Valley

Release Date: 04/04/2013

By Roger Morris

None of these grape growers produce their own wines, but farmers who sell all of their grapes, are getting increasingly rare.  For the most part, these farmers have contracts or handshake agreements with wineries. Meet these five farmers who “just” grow grapes.

Read more at Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Pickers Work Around The Clock

Release Date: 09/17/2013

By Patrick Sedillo
In the Napa Valley, the grape harvest is underway and pickers are working around the clock. At one winery, the workers enjoy working the graveyard shift.

Napa Valley 2013 Harvest

Release Date: 10/23/2013

By Michelle Locke

The exciting news about the 2013 Napa Valley wine grape vintage is … that it was pretty darned dull. No killer frosts struck in the spring to menace tender new shoots. No monster heat waves mauled the ripening grapes in the summer. And even the labor shortage that growers had worried about as other sectors in the economy warmed up failed to materialize.


Wine + Grape Expo: A Chance To Taste Wines From Pd-resistant Vines

Release Date: 11/04/2013

By Paul Franson

At the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Wine + Grape Expo on Nov. 14, Professor Andy Walker of UC Davis will discuss his and other scientists’ research in developing wine grape vines that are resistant to Pierce’s disease. He will also provide a rare opportunity to taste wines made from those vines and blends with vinifera wines.

Read more at Wine

Nvg Speakers Discuss Past & Ponder The Future Of Napa Valley

Release Date: 05/15/2013

By John Intardonato

When it concerns the future of the world of wine, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers are determined to keep their members well ahead of the curve.  The event, titled “Ahead of the Curve,” took place at the Silverado Resort on Atlas Peak Road and showed the growers and others interested in winegrowing how to be ready, not only for the coming year, but into the future, through to the 2030s.

Read more at St. Helena Star

Update On Red Blotch Disease In Grapevines

Release Date: 11/20/2013

By Paul Franson

There was standing room only as growers and winemakers skipped the wine reception at the Nov. 13 Napa Wine + Grape Expo to hear the latest intelligence on red blotch virus from Dr. Marc Fuchs of the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University in Geneva, New York.

Read more at Wines & Vines

Planning For Sustainable Farming In The Napa Valley

Release Date: 09/13/2013

By Remi Cohen

Understanding the value of their grapes and the need to preserve their vineyards, Napa’s grapegrowers are on the cutting edge of viticulture, combining new technologies with traditional practices to develop sustainable farming programs. Sustainable farming means different things to different farmers, and that is reasonable given that each farm has its own challenges. The basic tenets include protecting our natural resources, social responsibility and profitability.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Warm Weather Means Early California Winegrape Harvest

Release Date: 07/28/2013

By Tracie Cone

There’s no such thing as “normal” weather in California wine country, and vineyard operators say this year that truism could mean good news for wine lovers.  After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation’s premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.

Read more at ABC News

Napa Valley Grower’s High-tech Management Just The Start

Release Date: 04/15/2013

By Greg Northcutt

Want to see where the art of vineyard management is headed tomorrow? Check out what Napa Valley grape grower Paul Goldberg is doing now.  As Bettinelli Vineyards manager, he looks after the fifth-generation farming family’s operations at 10 locations throughout Napa Valley.  The use of computers, software and sensors combined with satellite and Internet communications to monitor vineyard conditions like air temperature, wind speed, soil moisture levels, dew point and the like, have been around for many years. However, some Napa growers, including Goldberg, have taken this wireless technology to a new level of sophistication.

Trinchero Family To Host Harvest Stomp

Release Date: 06/13/2013

Trinchero Family Estates will host the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ sixth annual Harvest Stomp at its Sutter Home Winery Main Street facility in St. Helena across from its iconic Sutter Home Inn.  Stomp, an outdoor festival highlighting the bounty of the harvest season, will be from 5 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Celebrating Farmworkers And Families, And Lending A Hand

Release Date: 07/22/2013

By Howard Yune

Sunday afternoon at the second annual Dia de la Familia festival, Salvador Renteria and his son, Oscar, shared the story of their family’s success — and offered encouragement to a new generation of Latino immigrants and farmworkers. Dia de la Familia attracted more than 1,600 visitors to Napa Street for an afternoon of music, dance, food and community presentations.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Wine Business Tackles Climate, Erosion Policies

Release Date: 05/20/2013

By Jeff Quackenbush

A number of new regulations related to dirt, air, water and energy are facing the North Coast wine business.  In Napa County, vintners and growers trade groups are concerned about a coalescing county climate action plan ( that includes specific numerical targets for greenhouse gas reduction.

Read more at North Bay Business Journal

Stomp Celebrates The 2013 Harvest

Release Date: 08/29/2013

Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ sixth annual Harvest Stomp on Aug. 24 welcomed 675 guests and raised more than $600,000 to continue their work to preserve Napa Valley’s vineyards.  Bob Torres, chairman of this year’s event, transformed the Trinchero Family Estates property by creating a hay “coliseum” of more than 4,500 bales of hay that completely enclosed the party.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Wine + Grape Expo: Panel To Discuss Role Of Vineyards In Lower Alcohol Wines

Release Date: 11/04/2013

By Paul Franson

Steve Matthiasson of Premiere Viticulture and Matthiasson wines will be the moderator. He manages viticulture for vineyards from Carneros to Calistoga in Napa Valley, as well as at other sites in Mendocino, Sonoma and the Central Valley and also produces his own wines.  Other members of the panel are Jon Bonné, wine editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts Winery in Sonoma, winemaker Nick Gislason of Screaming Eagle Vineyard and Paul Draper, CEO and winemaker of Ridge Vineyards.

Read more at Wine

Nvg Stomp Raises Over $600,000

Release Date: 08/26/2013

By Keri Brenner

Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ (NVG) 6th annual Harvest STOMP on Saturday, August 24 allowed grapegrowers, wine lovers, and locals to mingle “cowboy style” at Trinchero Family Estates’ property in St. Helena.  The sold-out event hosted 675 guests, which garnered a waiting list of more than 100 people and raised over $600,000 to continue the NVG’s work to preserve Napa Valley’s vineyards.

Read more at Napa Valley Patch

Trefethen Family Vineyards "look Fantastic"

Release Date: 05/30/2013

By Greg Northcutt

It’s early in the season, but it is already one for the books for winegrape grower Jon Ruel, chief operating officer for Trefethen Family Vineyards.  Located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, this has been the driest winter in more than 40 years.  April was the warmest for degree-days in more than a decade. Also, this spring was one of the very few when Ruel didn’t have to get up in the dark morning hours to start frost protection measures.

Read more at Western Farm Press

Napa's Own Tradeshow

Release Date: 10/17/2013

By Paul Franson

Although the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium coming up in January in Sacramento is larger as a national event, the Wine + Grape Expo sponsored by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers on Nov. 14 at the Expo has become a vital event for local growers and winemakers. The theme this year is “Connecting Vineyard Practices to Wine Quality.”

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Viticulture Briefs - Red Blotch Virus Specialist To Address Grapegrowers

Release Date: 10/27/2013

By The Press Democrat

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers have announced three opportunities to discuss red blotch virus with Dr. Marc Fuchs, plant virologist at Cornell University, thanks to a USDA grant awarded to the Mendocino Winegrowers.

Read more at The Press Democrat

For Wine Lovers, The Nose Has It (even If Words Don't)

Release Date: 11/15/2013

By Howard Yune

The 16 rows of banquet tables set up inside Merlot Hall at the Napa Valley Expo on Thursday formed a classroom of sorts. But along with the note paper and pens were three glasses of red wine at each seat — the subject of a lesson on the role of aroma and smell in the enjoyment of wine, and the challenges of expressing and sharing that sense.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

A Visit At Trefethen During Afternoon In The Vineyards

Release Date: 05/15/2013

By Michal Nissenson

Saturday, May 4, was one of the hottest days so far this year in the Napa Valley. Yet, in a shaded corner at Trefethen Family Vineyards, visitors kept their cool as they listened to Trefethen COO Jon Ruel share some of the winery’s practices at the vineyard. 

Read more at St. Helena Star

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Expect Ideal Harvest And Good Vintage

Release Date: 08/08/2013

The 2013 Napa Valley wine grape harvest, now underway, is forecast to be of average yield but high quality, according to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.  Lower than average rainfall combined with a warm Spring and a heat wave in late June/early July is producing smaller berries and loose clusters - a signal of high quality.


Spring Practice, Winter Planning Set Stage For High-quality Grapes

Release Date: 06/13/2013

By Allison Cellini

During the spring, while the wineries are working fast to bottle and barrel in order to make tank space for the inevitable yield to come in the fall, we vineyard managers in the valley are quickly working with Mother Nature to ensure that the vines are prepared to produce the high-quality grapes of the Napa Valley.

Read more at Napa Valley Register

Unseasonable Weather Triggers Early Wine Country Harvest

Release Date: 08/08/2013

By KTVU News

The Napa Valley wine grape harvest is happening 10 days to two weeks earlier this year because a warm spring with little frost allowed rapid vine growth and consistency in grape ripening throughout the Napa Valley, according to grape growers.

Read more at KTVU News

Things Are Looking Up For California Producers

Release Date: 07/31/2013

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr

It is no secret that in the last several years wine sales have suffered from a depressed economy. But the wine industry is bouncing back.  Not only are consumers buying more wine at higher price points, but producers are reinvesting money in their properties -- a trend Tom witnessed during a visit earlier this month to Napa Valley.  Vines are being replanted, vineyards are being bought and producers are putting more money into barrels and equipment.

Read more at Captial Gazette

Napa Valley Growers Anticipate Early Spring

Release Date: 03/25/2013

Growers are anticipating the 2013 Napa Valley winegrape season will begin with substantial emergence of vines from a winter nap in the last week of March, just ahead of the start of last year’s record crop, according to a major local trade group.

Read more at North Bay Business Journal