Spring in the California Wine Country

Once the days begin to lengthen and the air to warm up in the California winecountry, the vines respond by pushing new growth. This can be a worrisome time for growers as a late spring frost can destroy new bud growth and devastate the year’s crop. First to appear on the vines are new tendrils and fresh leaves. Next come the buds themselves, each with a cap called a “calyptra.” Once the calyptra has fallen away and pollination allowed to occur, actual wine grape clusters will begin to form. Spring temperatures are typically mild and the rolling hills of the California Wine Country still have their lush green winter colors, making it a beautiful time to visit and take a Napa and Sonoma winery tour.






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