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Afternoon in the Vineyards

by Kerana Todorov
April 29, 2019
Visitors stroll along a path at Hyde Estate Winery in Carneros during the annual Afternoon in the Vineyards. The Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Valley Grapegrowers organized the free event. Photo by Kerana Todorov/Wine Business Monthly

Napa Valley residents and other visitors stopped by vineyards Saturday afternoon during the 19th Annual Afternoon in the Vineyards for free tours and a glass of wine. The Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers organize the event every year to invite the community to visit nearby vineyards.

More than 1,500 Napa County Residents attended the 19th annual Afternoon in the Vineyards, according to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

One of the stops on Saturday was Hyde Estate Winery in Carneros, home to nearly 200 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varieties.

Hyde Estate Winery does make wine. However most of the fruit is sold to other wineries, said Chris Hyde, whose father, Larry Hyde, planted the vineyard in the late 1970s.

Garrett Buckland of Premiere Viticultural services and past president of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers also lead tours through the estate vineyard. Grapevines have been growing about 1 to 2 inches a day, said Buckland before pointing to the movable wires that will maintain the vines upright. “We’re about two weeks pre-bloom here,” said Buckland, adding the best weather conditions possible - “not too hot, not too cold” temperatures. “So 75-80 degrees will be perfect for us,” he said.

Other sites taking part in Saturday’s event were: William Hill Estate Winery; Nord Vineyards; Round Pond Estate Winery; Crocker & Starr Wines, and Bennett Lane Winery

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