If an expert were to guess the date only by looking at grapes ripening on vines, he or she would most likely say August, even based on what we're seeing in July. Grape growers say they're facing one of the earliest harvests ever.
The French word "veraison" describes when grapes turn from green to purple and signals ripening. It's happening now in the Napa Valley. According to Tom Davies, who runs V. Sattui Winery, this is the warning bell, or the start of a countdown to a harvest that may begin three weeks earlier, this year
It's all due to the weather. The dry spring kick started the grape growing season.
In reality, every wine from every season, even from the same vineyard, is different. Early wines from warmer seasons may be bolder, with more alcohol.
If the reds seem to be ripening fast, they're nothing compared with the whites. They don't change color, they just get softer and those grapes are almost ready now. Champagne grape growers say they could be picking by the first week of August.
Jennifer & Hassan travelled all the way from Dubai this May, to escape to the beautiful Napa wine country for their special day. The beautiful couple enjoyed lunch and sparkling wine on the V. Sattui Terrace, before photographer, Shannon Stellmacher, www.shannonstellmacherphotography.com whisked the couple around the property for more photos. Congratulations to Jennifer & Hassan! Thank you for travelling so far to spend your special day here at V. Sattui Winery!
Kelli & Jeff truly ushered in the sunshine on a drizzly October day. Their elopement was set overlooking the vineyards at V. Sattui's private Vittorio Terrace. After exchanging their vows, the couple wandered through the garden and enjoyed lunch and wine in the Gold Room among library wine selections. Thank you to photographer, Shannon Stellmacher, http://shannonstellmacherphotography.com Congratulations Kelli & Jeff, and we look forward to seeing you again for a visit!
With wedding season in full swing, V. Sattui Winery is excited to show recent photos from photographer Richard Wood, http://richardwoodphoto.com/ featuring the beautiful Winery wedding venue. Congratulations to so many happy couples, and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!