Harvest time in Napa Valley is a whirlwind of hard work that sweeps up almost every one in a veritable crush of activity. Somewhere in that great grape maelstrom, a sense of shared commitment and celebration is forged. Slowly, traditions form around the tempo of the harvest.
Blessing the Grapes: one of the oldest Napa traditions dates back hundreds of years in Europe.
Blessing the Workers: you can’t forget these guys or no wine for you! Blessings for the harvest crews include prayers for safety and good weather.
Crush Shirts: every harvest has a style all its own and those working it do to! Custom-designed T-shirts are all the rage from the fields to the cellar.
Vineyard Dogs: they can chase off pests, even sniff out disease, but we all know their best quality is looking great on a label!
Harvest Lunch: working in the fields for 12 hour+ days can make a body just a wee bit hungry. Eating lunch among the rows with everyone sharing a table is common at many wineries.
Harvest Parties: what to do when the harvest is over? Party! Check out this exhaustive list of harvest parties for 2019.
Grape Crush: some wineries will let you get your feet wet and do it the old-fashioned way. C’mon, those grapes aren’t going to crush themselves!
Harvest Yourself: you can even get out in the field and do the picking yourself at some wineries.