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It’s Wine Crush in the Napa Valley!
In Napa Valley, September is Harvest season… but what might be even more exciting is what happens in October… Wine Crush!
Now that the grapes have been collected and tasted, it’s time to begin the process that will transform them into some of the finest wines in the world. Technically, Crush begins when the first grapes are picked, but it usually denotes the beginning of crushing the grapes and the first stages of fermentation. It’s an electric time in Napa Valley – everyone is busy, busy, busy, working around the clock at this crucial stage to make sure that the final product will be absolutely splendid – but it’s also a celebratory time, the moment when the summer’s hard work begins to be transformed into something truly special.
You can come be a part of that celebration and observe this fascinating time in the wine production process. Winery tours during Wine Crush are especially exciting, because you get to really see the blood, sweat and tears that go into making a fine vintage – though not literally!
If you’re looking for some suggestions about what to do when you’re here for Crush season, we recommend booking tickets for the PARADUXX HARVEST PARTY.
Taking place at the cusp of the transition from Harvest to Crush, Napa Valley’s award-winning Paraduxx hosts a wonderfully relaxed event where you can taste the earliest samples of 2017’s vintage, enjoy BBW by SMOKE cooked over an open fire, trying your hand (or feet!) at grape stomping and maybe best of all, having a first chance to buy a bottle of 2015’s coveted Paraduxx X2.
Of course, nearly every winery in the valley will feature a number of fantastic events throughout the Crush season, so we recommend having a look at your wine collection, choosing your favorite bottle and planning your trip from there! Once you’ve done that, book a room at the Hotel Indigo Napa Valley for an eco-friendly visit that is perfect pairing to a fine glass of wine. Even better, we’re pet-friendly so your furry friend can come too!
Celebrate the Wine Harvest in Napa Valley!
Here in Napa Valley wine country, we’re never sad to see summer go. As the days get shorter, we know that life goes on and the summer sun did maybe its most important job – growing and nurturing the grapes on our vines until one of the most exciting times of the year: Wine Harvest! Although certain varietals are harvested early, in August, September is when the majority of our grapes mature enough to gather for making wine! The whole valley buzzes with excitement all month, making it a great time to visit!
One fun thing that needs to be on your bucket list is a Grape Stomp. Historically, grapes were pressed the old fashioned way – by rolling up your cuffs and getting messy! This is a fun, interactive way to experience the wine making process, and nobody can do it without breaking into a huge grin. Check out the daily Grape Stomp at Grgich Hills Estate!
Harvest Parties are a great way to experience the Wine Harvest. Nearly every vineyard in the Napa Valley puts on its own celebration of the season, and there’s a real sense of competition to see who can put on the best soiree. Wood-fired pizzas are served with the finest of that wineries vintage, and as the evening begins you get to dance in the idyllic shade of grape leaves. We’re looking forward to Benessere Winery’s Harvest Party and Grape Stomp this year, but here are a list of Harvest Parties you might want to attend!
There’s really nothing like harvest season in the Napa Valley – that’s why you should book a room at the Hotel Indigo Napa Valley. We offer an upscale experience deep in the heart of wine country that’s a perfect complement to your vacation! Rooms are already filling up for this Wine Harvest season so don’t delay!