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At the beginning of harvest time, winemakers will regularly walk the vines, randomly checking grapes for ripeness. Deciding when to pick can be one of the most nerve-racking decisions of the year.
Once picking begins it is done swiftly and carefully, all by hand. It is possible to pick grapes by machine but the highly prized grapes of the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country are almost exclusively picked by hand. Picking is done at night or in the early morning when temperatures are lower and the fruit is more resilient and less likely to bruise. Most vines are trained onto a trellis structure, which, among other things, brings them up to a convenient height for picking.
Harvest time, or “crush" can be one of the most interesting times to visit the California wine country. All the Sonoma and Napa wineries are buzzing with activity and winery tours will include an intimate look at winemaking in progress.
Tour prices do not include meals, lodging, or park entrance fees unless otherwise noted. We are not responsible for loss or damage of personal property on tours. We are not responsible for delays due to accidents, breakdowns, or adverse traffic and weather conditions on tours. We reserve the right to modify stops, vehicle, visits or activities based on weather conditions, group needs or conditions out of our control. We reserve the right to use other operators and/or subcontractors to operate all and any tours advertised. Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. Cancellations or changes must be made 72 hrs before trip departure to get partial refund. Cancellations and changes are subject to a 10% or $25 fee, whichever is greater.