Summer is here and the 2023 vintage is taking shape – literally! Fruit set has happened in the vineyards, giving us our first real look at the grapes we’ll be harvesting in only a few short months.
After the vineyards flower and self-polinate, tiny peppercorn-sized berries begin to form in clusters. This is the beginning of the growth phase and is where we get our first look at the true potential of the vintage. The growth phase lasts 4-6 weeks as the grapes race to develop skins, pulp and seed structure prior to the ripening phase that begins with “version”. But that’s a topic for another post. For now, we are pleased with the progress of the grapes and it seems like we’re heading for a robust vintage with healthy, full clusters.
The culinary garden is taking shape as the warm weather is encouraging rapid growth in our crops. The culinary team tends the garden daily harvesting as much as possible to add to the B Bites you’ll enjoy when you visit the winery. The chickens are living their best life, feasting on fresh garden leftovers every day!
The production team is ramping up for a significant bottling of red wine and we’re excited to bring back some classic favorites that we’ve been sold out of. We are also bottling some brand new wines from spectacular vineyards and we can’t wait to share these wines with you over the coming months.
It’s shaping up to be a great summer in Napa Valley and we’d love to see you in Oakville! Give our concierge team a call to book your reservations and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with everything happening at B Cellars.