What a great fall season (earthquakes notwithstanding). We celebrated the official end of harvest for Amici on Monday as we brought in our last load of grapes (from the famous Tokalon vineyard, no less—look out for that one in a couple years). After nine weeks of harvest craziness, the last grapes rolled off the sorting table as the crew cheered and champagne corks popped to the strains of “Purple Rain” by Prince. We caught it all on video, so we hope you enjoy this little glimpse of life around our winery.
Loud music warning: if you’re watching this at work, you might want to get those headphones on!
Celebrating the Close of Harvest 2014
This week we kicked off the first of several weeks of “Harvest Boot Camp” at Amici Cellars. We welcomed friends from around the country that want to get a true insider’s view of how a Napa Valley harvest works–and are willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard to get that view! The first week of Harvest Boot Camp was a busy one: the crew’s days were filled with early morning harvests in the vineyards, sorting stems and leaves from grapes at the sorting table, building barrels, touring vineyards, cleaning winery equipment — and, of course, plenty of fun times with good food and wine to celebrate their hard work. On Friday we sent our first crew off to the airport, with purple-stained fingers, tired and happy after five days of hard work, and (hopefully) full of great stories to tell their co-workers back home. Now to greet the next crew!
There was a nip in the air on Tuesday morning as we brought in the fruit from the Missouri Hopper Vineyard in the Oakville AVA.
We’re getting ready for tomorrow morning’s harvest at our newest source for Pinot Noir: Oakwild Ranch Vineyard, in the heart of Russian River Valley.
Yesterday was a great day, as we celebrated the start of another harvest and what looks like a killer 2013 vintage!
Winemaker Joel Aiken heads out to the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to look at how the grapes are coming along for harvest 2013. At this point, Joel estimates a Sauvignon Blanc harvest date of late August, about two weeks earlier than the usual September date. Chalk that up to a warm, dry spring in which the grapes have ripened evenly in mild temperatures.
Champagne corks were popping as we celebrated the kickoff of our 2012 harvest last week. Here’s a 2-minute look at the team bringing the grapes in:
Sauvignon Blanc harvest in Napa Valley is only days away! Winemaker Joel Aiken takes us into the vineyards to tell us how he knows when it’s time to make the call to pull in the grapes.
Nearing Blanc Harvest