Harvest Activity in the Napa Valley


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Joe Becerra

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Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Activity in the Napa Valley – Cab is left

It is the first day of Fall in Napa Valley wine country. The over 100-degree weather on the Labor Day Weekend hastened the harvest of many vineyards. Despite the intense heat, there are plenty of grapes still to be harvested in the Napa Valley. Since those hot days, the weather has shifted to cooler than average temperatures, slowing down the harvest. It is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon left to be harvested, but I did also spot some Cabernet Franc and Syrah on the vine. I shot this photo near the Flora Springs Winery in the St. Helena AVA on Zinfandel Lane. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes look gorgeous and ready to be picked. If you want to catch the harvest in the Napa Valley, time is getting short. This coming weekend might be the last hurrah. Head towards the northern end of the Valley. Look in the early morning hours of the day to spot the rush of harvester furiously working to get the grapes off the vine.

  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.