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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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.

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