Harvest is in Full Swing

Taking advantage of the cool morning fog at Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak.
Photo by Dr. Jan Krupp, Krupp Brothers

From Carneros to Calistoga, hillside to valley floor, the bustle of harvest is escalating in the Napa Valley. Thanks to a few warm days early in the week, activity has really ramped up as we begin the month of September. Most of the valley’s Sauvignon Blanc is now in, a week to 10 days ahead of normal. Chardonnay and lighter reds are being picked with some very early reports of Cabernet Sauvignon being harvested in a select few locations.Weather for the week ahead looks moderately warm during the day, with cooling fog predicted for the overnights – the perfect recipe for ripening grapes in the Napa Valley. Early reports indicate a moderate yield for the 2014 crop.


After all the excitement early last week, the focus of our work is already back to picking grapes and making wine.

Jon Ruel, Trefethen Vineyards