The St. Helena-based Napa Valley Vintners says the region’s winemakers expect to be done with the 2013 harvest within the next week.
Officials said a warm, dry spring brought an early bud break, and temperatures were generally ideally warm in the summertime to produce healthy vines. The Aug. 1 start of harvest was the earliest in recent history.
White wine grapes came in at a vigorous pace throughout August, moving on to lighter reds by early September. Brief periods of mid-September rain had “virtually no impact” on grapes.
The nonprofit trade association called this year’s growing season “early, even and excellent.”
Officials said the current harvest in on track to conclude about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests in the past decade. Yields have been characterized as above average.
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