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Harvest Napa Valley 2015

Harvest Napa Valley 2015 is Underway!

The first grapes were picked at dawn on Wednesday, July 22, heralding an early start for this year’s harvest season. The grapes are destined to become Napa Valley sparkling wine and are usually the first to be picked. The reason? To ensure the bright acidity that winemakers are looking for in this style of wine.

What made the day special for Ludovic Dervin, winemaker for Mumm Napa Valley? “On the first day of harvest we saber a bottle of sparkling wine and sprinkle it on the grapes in the first press load. It celebrates the end of a cycle in the vineyard, and honors the rite of passage between the grape growers and the winemakers, taking custody of our precious Napa Valley grapes.”

Aromatic white wine grapes, like Sauvignon Blanc, are expected to be picked in early August – follow #NapaHarvest and be among the first to know!


Harvest 2015 FAQ

Unsung Heroes of Harvest

Harvest is a marathon requiring a community of support players. Meet some of the unsung heroes.

Weekly Harvest Reports

Travel Itineraries

It’s the best time of the year to visit Napa Valley and these sample itineraries will help you plan your trip.

The Life Cycle of a Grape

From Vine to Wine

Discover what it takes for a grape to become wine that lives up to Napa Valley's reputation for quality.

Harvesting at Mumm Napa

First Day of Harvest

View photos of the first grapes picked for sparkling wine from the 2015 vintage.

How Chardonnay is Made in Napa Valley

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular white wines. This short video shows the winemaking process, explains some of the different styles of Chardonnay and offers suggestions for foods that pair well with this versatile wine.

Harvest Recipes