It’s official – the 2023 vintage has begun! The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines here in Oakville experienced bud break in mid April, marking the exciting beginning of a new growing season.
The timing of bud break is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the growing season. The quality and quantity of the new vintage heavily depend on the weather conditions during bud break. With the long, extended, and very wet winter, we were watching the vines carefully during March and April. The buds are vulnerable to extreme conditions as they begin to emerge and growers work very hard to protect the vines during this time. Luckily, warm sunny days returned to Napa Valley just in time.