With North Coast fires fully contained, focus shifts to preparing for winter and 2018 vintage
With all of the major North Coast wildfires now contained and the 2017 harvest nearly complete, growers in Napa County and elsewhere are beginning to take account of how the blazes affected their vines and property.
Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Snr has said that wineries must aim to be carbon neutral and that he is looking at ways to re-use carbon dioxide from fermentation as part of a project that involves investing more than 10% of company profits annually.
Grapegrowers report spring in February, autumn in August, summer in September
The 2017 growing season has seen plenty of challenges for eastern growers. While winter weather was relatively mild (and much better than the polar vortex in 2013-14 or deep freeze temperatures in 2014-15), topsy-turvy weather patterns began across the East this February.