The 2014 harvest is coming to a close and we can’t wait to try some of the great wines that are headed our way. We get to hear from our great customers every day and more and more we find that many of you are curious about our friends in the Napa Valley after the earthquake. While the damage was large, our favorite wine region is chugging way and just had another “exceptional” harvest.
Courtesy of our friends from the Napa Valley Vintners, here is a quick rundown on Napa’s 2014 harvest:
When did harvest begin?
The first sparkling wine grapes were picked on July 30; however, for most vintners and growers, harvest didn’t really kick into high gear until the third week in August.
How many grapes were picked?
It looks like 2014 will be the third abundant harvest in a row for the region, but no one is expecting any records to fall.
Has the drought impacted this year’s harvest?
Quality was not affected. Perfectly timed, heavy rains came just prior to bud break, and a warm spring allowed vintners to save water that would have been used for frost protection.
What about the August 24 earthquake?
The earthquake did not affect the grapevines or the fruit, and even the most significantly damaged wineries were still able to proceed with “harvest as usual” in spite of the quake.
How are vintners and growers summarizing the 2014 Napa Valley harvest?
Early, excellent, quality, demanding but fruitful, and another great year are just some of the words and phrases we are hearing.
We’re excited about the good news coming from Napa and we look forward to all the great wines heading our way soon. In the meantime, checkout some great wines from Levendi Winery and Revolver Wine Company. Visit our Gold Medal Wine Store for more Napa wines!