It's the time of year our grape growers have been waiting for since the first green buds appeared on our dormant Suisun and Green Valley grapevines in March. The harvest season is finally here!
Harvest is like an early Christmas in Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Suisun Valley, and throughout Northern California. Beginning in September and continuing into October, the sweet smell of fermentation permeates the air of Northern California’s picturesque Wine Country.
Over the next several weeks, an influx of workers will descend on our vineyard fields, filling large containers on truck beds full of white and purple grapes to transport to our area wineries. Most will be out in the fields early in the morning, long before sunrise. You may even see the bright lights of the trucks from the roads in the dead of night. By the time the sun rises in the sky and most wake to begin their day, the grapes are already at the wineries preparing for crush. That process will take all day, only for it all to start over again the next morning.
For our Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Suisun Valley wine makers, these long days of the harvest season are a culmination of months of anticipation. From the small berries in April came the green grapes that began to change their colors in June and July when veraison set in. As the berries lost their green color, they took on the more mature hues we are seeing today in our valley vineyards - greenish yellow for the white varieties and red, purple or almost black grapes for red varieties.
Don’t miss out on the magic of the harvest!
Multiple Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wineries will be hosting grape stomps, hands-on harvest opportunities, and winery parties to commemorate the season. Fairfield’s rustic Suisun Valley, a smaller wine region adjacent to the world-famous Napa Valley, had its annual Harvest Celebration in August. Suisun Valley is home to a little over a dozen family-owned wineries. Several have their production facilities next to their tasting rooms. Throughout the month of September, guests can travel the Suisun Valley ‘loop’ and visit multiple destinations like Wooden Valley Winery, Vezer Family Vineyard’s Blue Victorian, and G V Cellars to see the grapes coming in from the fields and wine makers working on the crush as you taste.
Want to learn more? The friendly tasting room staff love to answer your questions, and you may even meet one of our winemakers pouring behind the counter! You can also view a list of upcoming events in the valley at www.VisitFairfieldCA.com/events.