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Napa harvest begins
Published:  30 July, 2014

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association has announced that the first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers have begun picking grapes, two days earlier than the start of last year’s harvest.

Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row.

Mumm Napa winemaker Ludovic Dervin said: “Late and very welcome spring rains set us up well in this otherwise dry year. Thanks to the long, moderately warm spring, even flowering, good fruit set and few heat spikes, we’re looking forward to bringing in some beautiful fruit and maybe even an above average yield.”

Check out the NVV website: napavintners.com/harvest, featuring:

• Up-to-the-minute social media posts and photos, often contributed directly by the winemakers themselves, capturing harvest in Napa Valley using #napaharvest

• Weekly updates drawn from vintner 'reporters' working throughout Napa Valley

• A hand-illustrated depiction of the year-long life cycle of a wine grape explaining what happens from vine to wine