In the next day or two, grapes are going to start coming into the winery crush pad, and the 2015 harvest will be upon us! This year is even more special as we are honored to host a unique annual tradition that officially kicks off harvest in Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Annual Harvest STOMP.
“There is simply no event like this one in the world of wine”, Steve Moulds of Moulds Family Vineyards and President of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG). “We take the best time of year in the Valley and throw every great thing about Napa Valley into it: the vineyard setting, the wines, the food, the people, and the camaraderie that exists is unparalleled.”
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, and tickets have already sold out. There is a wait list if you’re interested in the possibility of attending, but this blog is about sharing information on two missions that we are happy to partner with NVG through this event: to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards, and to support the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation.
We are hosting STOMP at our Henry Ranch in the Los Carneros appellation at the southern end of Napa County. This 525-acre property is a shining example of preserving Napa Valley’s agricultural heritage. It was once home to the Wappo Indians and part of an original Spanish land grant. Around 1850 the land was purchased by the Henry family, who farmed and raised livestock on the ranch until Dario Sattui bought the property from Herb Henry in 1993. To date, 120 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards have been planted and virtually all of the 525 acres of land have been protected by any further development through conservation easements and the Land Trust of Napa County, ensuring the unspoiled beauty of this ranch for future generations.
STOMP also helps support the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation. The Napa Valley is known for its world-class vineyards that produce the world’s highest quality wines, but what really makes this valley so special are the people. The Napa Valley farmworker community is the heart, soul and foundation of our industry. Founded by the NVG in 2011, the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation supports and promotes Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. This foundation is the only one of its kind in the United States and to date has helped more than 7,500 vineyard workers and their families. Not only are the lives of Napa Valley’s vineyard workers improved, but also their families, their children, and our community-at-large.
Cheers to the 2015 harvest! May it be bountiful not only in wine grapes, but also in keeping Napa Valley a beautiful destination, and one of the best places to live.