Napa Valley vintners are starting to harvest grapes for wine.
Thursday’s kick-off includes grapes for sparkling wine, which are always the first to be picked in order to capture the bright acidity the drink is famous for.
In the weeks ahead, harvesters will move onto white wine grapes, then those for lighter red wines for pinot noir. The final harvest of the cabernet sauvignon grapes can last into early November.
One winemaker says this year’s harvest already looks healthy, with yields slightly above average and predicts an excellent vintage for 2013.
(photo courtesy of napavintners.com)