All About Harvest


The Stages of Harvest

There are many factors that determine when different grapes are harvested in Napa Valley.

From Vine to Wine

From bud break to bottling, learn what it takes for a grape to become wine that lives up to Napa Valley’s reputation for quality.

Winemaker Decisions

Winemakers make crucial decisions throughout the year to craft each vintage.

Boots on the Ground

In Napa Valley, vintners wear boots at every step of the process.

Winemaking Terms

Brush up on your vino vocab and learn more about common winemaking terms used during the harvest season.

Throwing a Great Harvest Party

Helpful hints for harvest party-planners.  This simple, thoughtful advice will wow your guests and easily make the event one to remember.

Harvest Traditions

Like most annual events, traditions of all sorts have evolved that mark this exhilarating time of year.

Unsung Heroes of Harvest

Harvest is a marathon requiring a community of support players. Meet some of the unsung heroes behind Napa Valley wine.

How Cabernet Sauvignon is Made

Go from vineyard to glass and learn how Napa Valley’s most widely grown grape variety becomes wine.

How Chardonnay is Made

Chardonnay is probably the most well-known white wine grape. It originated in the Burgundy region of France, but it is grown all over the world.

A Day in the Life of Napa Valley Harvest

Watch our video series featuring SunsetWine Editor Sara Schneider.

From Vine to Wine (Video)

Watch the winemaking process from the vineyard to glass. Courtesy Jamie Chandler/HALL.