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2016 Harvest Play-By-Play

8/25/2016 – The pace is picking up, with a variety of Napa Valley white wine grapes now hitting the crush pad: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Grigio and even some Chardonnay. Winemaking crews are getting busier, but they are happy and smiling because the quality of this year's harvest is truly exceptional so far. Yields are also looking good – not record breaking, but definitely more abundant that last year's light crop. Bright lights can be seen overnight, up and down the valley, as vineyard crews pick grapes during this coolest part of the day. There are many benefits to picking at night: more comfortable conditions for workers, grapes arrive at proper temperature to begin fermentation (ideally around 55 degrees) and wineries save energy because the grapes don't need to be chilled before they are crushed.

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All About Harvest

All About Harvest

What does it take to bring home a perfect wine grape? View photos, videos and stories about the traditions, heroes and stages behind Napa Valley's annual harvest.

A Day in the Life of Napa Valley's Harvest

A Day in the Life

One of the best ways to capture the magic of Napa Valley's harvest is on video. Watch A Day in the Life of Napa Valley's Harvest with Sunset magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider.

From Vine to Wine

From Vine to Wine

From bud break to bottling, learn what it takes for a grape to become wine that lives up to Napa Valley's reputation for quality.

How Cabernet Sauvignon is made
How Cabernet Sauvignon is Made

Go from vineyard to glass and learn how Napa Valley's most widely grown grape variety becomes wine.

How Chardonnay is Made
How Chardonnay is Made

Chardonnay is probably the most well-known white wine grape. It originated in the Burgundy region of France, but it is grown all over the world.