Harvest 2016

With the 2016 grape harvest just about to wrap, I figured it was time to share some of my favorite images of the season.

Napa Valley's first grapes were picked on July 28, 2016. Mumm has made it a tradition to pick some of their grapes as a celebration of kicking off the harvest. I was there bright and early that morning to capture the work in the field then get some snaps of the blessing of the grapes. Within a couple of months, just about all the grapes have the plucked from the vines, and the juice is fermenting away. 

I have good fun photographing this ritual every year. Sure it's rough getting up before the sun, but I'm just amazed at the speed and energy those hard-working folks do all night long.