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.