Harvest Traditions

Harvest time in Napa Valley is a season unto itself. It rolls around every year and it’s all hands on deck (in the vineyard, crush pad and cellar) for several months. So, like most annual events, traditions have evolved that mark this exhilarating, exhausting time of year. Here are a few.

Toasting to and Blessing of the Grapes

It’s here. Harvest. Starting it off are celebrations of all the hard work and pruning and planning and tending of the vines throughout the long growing season.

And we’re off! A little Champagne toast to kick off the 2015 harvest. Cheers! #vineyard7and8 #harvest2015 #NapaHarvest


Let’s get this party started #napaharvest #viader2015 @viader_napa


Blessing of the Grapes @ Grgich Hills right now.#napaharvest


Harvest Style: Down and Dirty

Annual harvest (“crush”) t-shirts are a tradition for many wineries around Napa Valley. Each year the Napa Valley Vintners creates a new one for the people who make it all happen.


Ignacio the strong #cabernetsauvignon #winelife #ehlersestate #napavalley #napaharvest2015 @napavintners



And then there’s the harvest fall fashion look book….


On the Run and at the Table: Harvest Meals

Wouldn’t that be better with milk? We took our #harvest15 theme seriously and had your voted cereals for lunch today! #napavalley #napaharvest #breakfastforlunch


At Conn Creek Winery during harvest season, the crew hosts a friendly competition to cook the best Thursday lunch. The crew splits into teams and past menus have ranged from deep fried turkey to bisteca milanesa to ceviche to jambalaya to an Argentine asado (cooking skills is an interview question for harvest interns!).

After an early morning pick or a long day at the winery, the Clark family and staff from Amizetta Winery hit up the family’s favorite taqueria (Azteca in St. Helena) to grab a burrito (and a cold cerveza, afternoon appropriate).

Our Canine Companions

With the many long hours away from home, many of Napa Valley’s canine companions become part of the harvest scene. Thanks for keeping us company!

Happy dog in a cold cellar on a hot day….#NapaHarvest

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Walking the vineyards with my coworkers. #NapaValley #NapaHarvest #nationaldogday #lucy #Ricki #Schweiger

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