Harvest and Crush at V. Sattui

September brings the most wonderful (and fruitful) time of the year for us here at V. Sattui. It’s a month that we can finally spend reaping the benefits of all the hard work we put into protecting our land and vines year-round. This year, our first varietal harvested was Muscat from Solano County. The fruit arrived on August 28th and was blessed by Winemaker, Brooks Painter, along with the winemaking team, officially kicking off the 2019 harvest!

Witness V. Sattui Harvest First-Hand

One of the main things that makes a visit to V. Sattui so special is a front-row seat to all of the harvest action. If you arrive early enough throughout the harvest season, you can witness crush and all of the hard work that goes into making your favorite V. Sattui wines! This includes watching as our team loads the press and later in the season, the destemmer. The production staff absolutely loves educating visitors about the production process, so if you come prepared with questions you may walk away with more than just a bottle (or case) of wine from your visit to the winery.  Those choosing to taste wine at any of our wine bars can expect to sample freshly picked fruit from that morning’s harvest.

The best part? Experiencing all of this first-hand is free of charge. There’s no fee to be front and center to this amazing time of year at V. Sattui, so take advantage of Napa Valley in its peak season.

Crush Party at V. Sattui

If you’re looking for even more hands-on harvest action, look no further than our annual Crush Party! On October 5th, go behind the scenes and experience what it’s like to work at a winery. Go back in time and experience an old-fashioned grape stomp, taste wine straight from the barrels, and meet our growers and winemakers. On top of all that action, you’ll have the opportunity to taste over 45 V. Sattui wines, romp around the property from our production-fermentation floor and crush pad to the underground cellars and caves, and Vittorio’s Vineyard and the Vittorio Tasting room. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t think of hosting such an epic event without feeding you! In addition to all the fun that comes along with Crush, a menu of foods from our live-fire Tuscan grill and wood-fired pizza ovens will be provided, along with live music performed by Papa Joe & The New Deal.

Fruit from the 2019 harvest is predicted to be exceptional in quality, taste, and quantity. We look forward to sharing this vintage with you in the future and are excited to see you all at V. Sattui during this fantastic time of year. Visit us soon to experience all the harvest action with a taste of our award-winning wines in hand.

Harvest At V. Sattui Winery

It’s the most fruitful time of the year at V. Sattui Winery — harvest! For us, harvest is a very special thing. We work effortlessly to protect our land and vines year-round and it all pays off come September. On the 28th of August, Winemaker Brooks Painter, along with the winemaking team, blessed the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes picked in the 2018 harvest season.

What else makes it so special? Here at V. Sattui visitors get to witness and experience the winemaking process first-hand from start to finish. No special reservations required!  Early risers can see grapes being picked. On property guests can observe the freshly harvested fruit being loaded to the crush pad, then pressed into juice in our live-action bladder press and finally pumped over to the fermentation process.  Come and learn how processing white grapes differs from how we process red grapes. Our production and hospitality staff is available for Q and A.

Speaking of wine — here are a few new wines that we are looking forward to sharing with you!  You can taste these wines in our tasting rooms or purchase these wines online.

The 2016 Los Carneros Chardonnay. This elegant Chardonnay has ripe pear, fig and honeydew that glide gracefully through to the finish.

The 2015 Anderson Valley Riesling is a distinctive and flavorful Riesling grown between the rolling hills of Anderson Valley. It is well-balanced with fresh flower impressions of jasmine and spiced pear.

The 2016 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir consists of bold cherry and raspberry flavors that lead into a powerful and sensual palette. It will surely leave you wanting more.

And, of course, it would not be fall without a Cab! The 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has robust flavors of tobacco, toffee and truffle. This bottle is the best value 93-point Cab from Napa Valley and is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

There’s no better way to celebrate the harvest season than the V. Sattui Crush Party on October 6! Experience the process of winemaking like never before, getting a behind-the-scenes experience with your closest friends and family. Be part of an old-fashioned grape stomp, taste wine straight from the barrels, meet our growers, learn about barrel making and blending wine all while enjoying live music and wood-fired pizza right off the Tuscan grill.

We expect grapes of exceptional quality from the 2018 harvest and look forward to the newest vintage of V. Sattui wines. If you want to get a taste of these wines from previous vintages, be sure to book a tasting with us the next time you visit.

Step into the shoes of one of our winemakers for the day and experience everything harvest has to offer at V. Sattui Winery. Cheers to a wonderful season!