Napa Wine Event Promotes Agriculture

Taylor HillmanGeneral, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops

Residents in the Napa Valley area learned a bit about winemaking, and a lot about agriculture at the Afternoon in the Vineyards event. Sabrina Hill has the story.
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Several Napa Valley wineries took part in the Afternoon in the Vineyards event, which gave people a chance to learn about more than just the taste of their favorite wines.

John Ruel is the President of Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Director of Viticulture and Enology at Trefethen Winery.

“Absolutely, you know, one of the things that makes Napa so special is the ag preserve the idea that in this land, the community supports the idea that the highest and best use of the land is agriculture,” Ruel said. “The only way we can maintain that vision going forward is if the general public understands what we’re doing out here.

During the event, Ruel talked to several groups of visitors and explained everything from how the grapes are grown, to what pests they have to deal with.

Several hundred people turned out for the event, which is held every spring and organized by Napa Grapegrowers association and Napa Valley Vintners.

To see our video report on Afternoon in the Vineyards, click here.