Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

As we told you previously, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest kicked-off in late July. It turns out the start was earlier than we’ve seen around here in quite some time.

On Tuesday the Napa Valley Grapegrowers issued a press release announcing the 2014 harvest had started earlier than all harvests dating back to 2004. The release also provided the following data points:

  • July 2014 average high temperature ranged from 80 degrees in Carneros to 92 in Calistoga and Pope Valley – right in the sweet zone for fine wines
  • March – June 2014 months were all 3-5 degrees higher than average, getting the vines off to a strong start
  • 2014 total rainfall is around 50-60% of normal
  • February and March 2014 rainfall was 11-17 inches, falling at exactly the right time of the season to mitigate drought concerns and irrigation needs

Visit our Harvest 2014 page to watch the story of the 2014 harvest unfold through daily videos, images and updates from wineries throughout the Napa Valley.

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