10+ Photos Capture the Beauty & Excitement Of Harvest In Napa

Despite the ongoing drought, the 2015 harvest is shaping up to be another great vintage, adding to a string of near perfect years since 2012. As a result of the lack of any measurable rainfall, this year’s harvest began earlier than normal and we saw growers scrambling to harvest as early as August.

Anyone who has spent time in the valley during this special time of year knows how beautiful it can be, with vines changing color and the smell of fermentation lingering in the air along highway 29. It’s also an incredibly busy time, with winemakers testing brix and acid levels, harvest crews heading out in the early morning hours to pick fruit under the cover of darkness, and the production teams scrambling around the crush pad to ensure the fruit gets sorted, crushed, and sent along its way to becoming the next great vintage. The pictures below capture some of the beauty and excitement that’s currently happening.

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Ludovic Dervin kicks things off with a proper sabering at Mumm.
Photo courtesy Napa Vintners
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Duckhorn shows off some “beautiful Cabernet clusters in Monitor Ledge Vineyard”
Photo courtesy Duckhorn Vineyards
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Night crews busy hand picking grapes from the vines before dawn.
Photo courtesy Wineohtv
Ripe Cabernet clusters ready for harvest
Photo courtesy Castello di Amorosa
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Rush hour in the valley…
Photo courtesy Joel Gott
Viognier clusters nearing perfection
Viognier clusters nearing perfection
Photo courtesy Fortunati
Kerrin Laz captures a beautiful shot of the Stag's Leap district
Kerrin Laz captures a beautiful shot of the Stag’s Leap district
Photo courtesy Kerrin Laz
Smoke from the Valley fire sits above the northern peaks.
Smoke from the Valley fire collects above the north toward Calistoga
Photo courtesy Matt Crafton
Winemaker Kari Auringer keeps a close eye on the press.
Winemaker Kari Auringer keeps a close eye on the press.
Photo courtesy Cornerstone Cellars
The Duckhorn team hand sorting clusters of Patzimaro Vineyard Cabernet Franc.
The Duckhorn team hand sorting clusters of Patzimaro Vineyard Cabernet Franc.
Photo courtesy Duckhorn Vineyards
Clean tanks waiting for fresh juice under a typical Napa sky
Clean tanks waiting for fresh juice under a typical Napa sky
Photo courtesy Pjalviso

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Photo courtesy Missmatzi
Mike Meisner

Mike Meisner

Mike is the resident content creator for the Last Bottle blog. When he's not spilling wine on his keyboard he can be found wandering the aisles in the warehouse with a Coravin in hand, whispering to bottles "This will only hurt for a second".
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