2016 Harvest Play-By-Play
By mid-October, vintners throughout the Napa Valley were breathing a collective sigh of relief – and satisfaction – for the end of this year's harvest. The near-perfect growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.
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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.
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 bud break to bottling, learn what it takes for a grape to become wine that lives up to Napa Valley's reputation for quality.
Go from vineyard to glass and learn how Napa Valley's most widely grown grape variety becomes wine.
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.