Wine Country is a northern region of the Bay Area in California and is well-known worldwide as the country’s premier wine-growing region. There are over more than 200 wineries and vineyards all across Wine Country, all with different approaches and specialties. Some are locally and family-owned, while others are national chains. They each have a different personality and a different history.
Harvest celebrations in California’s Wine Country
Napa Valley Harvest
Napa Valley Harvest takes place every year from August through October. During those months, the area comes alive with the excitement of the harvest. While tending to grapevines is an everyday, year-round process, this is the time when vineyards and wineries are full of workers picking grapes at their peak ripeness.
The grapes for the sparkling wines are first to be picked, which usually takes place in early August and marks the start of the crush.
Most white wines will make their way from the vineyard to the crush pad.
Harvest then continues through until late October, sometimes early November, mostly for red wine, since these grapes take a bit longer to reach full maturation.
Harvesting of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes begins later than other varieties in Napa Valley and tends to last the longest.
Late-harvest wines are made from grapes that are left longer than usual to ripen and produce more highly concentrated sugars. These harvests can last until December.
The conclusion leads into Cabernet season when winemakers can relax and appreciate the fruits of their labor.
The Big Crush Harvest Wine Festival
The Big Crush Harvest Wine Festival is a yearly celebration that takes place at the beginning of October and celebrates the grape harvest by inviting friends to the winery for a fun fall festival. There are a couple of different wineries that are open to the public (with admission tickets) to visit.
The Harvest Ball
The Harvest Ball is known for being Napa Valley’s most sensational event of the entire fall season. 2022 marks its 36th year, and it promises to be a wonderful and unforgettable night full of world-class entertainment, transcendent culinary delights, and a selection of highly acclaimed wines. It has been postponed two years in a row, so this 2022 event is the first one since the pandemic has started.
Sonoma County Public Grand Tasting
The Sonoma County Public Grand Tasting was postponed last year, but it’s finally happening in 2022.
Harvest Celebration & Stomp
The Harvest Celebration and Stomp celebrates the Harvest Season at the Castello. While it was postponed in 2021, it has been rescheduled for Friday, September 16, 2022, from 6:30 PM - 10 PM. Tickets are $115 for wine club members and $135 for guests. There’s an additional $30 charge if you decide to participate in the Stomp Competition.
Harvest Wine Weekend
The Harvest Wine Weekend is a themed weekend that takes place in October. It does not feature one singular marquee event but instead a cluster of individual experiences at the area wineries.
Want to know more about Napa Valley real estate?
If you are interested in Napa Valley homes for sale or houses for sale in Marin County, contact Kathleen Leonard for more information on the local market.