Ready or not: the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is about to kick-off. Sparkling wine producer Mumm Napa, typically one of the first to bring in fruit each year, will begin the 2014 harvest at first light on Wednesday, July 30th at its Game Farm vineyard between Yountville and Oakville.

Mumm Napa crushpadAbove: The crushpad at Mumm Napa

The late July start to harvest is almost an identical timeframe to last year, when Mumm Napa began bringing in fruit on the first of August.

The 2014 growing season has been an interesting one in the Napa Valley–with the region suffering through drought conditions due to an unusually dry winter and spring. What impact that will have on the fruit this year and in years to come remains to be seen.

Just like the final product in the bottle, no two harvests are the same. Be sure to check out our previous coverage of Napa Valley harvests:

Harvest 2013
Harvest 2012
Harvest 2011
Harvest 2010
Harvest 2009
Harvest 2008
Harvest 2007

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