Central Coast Regional Manager Travels to Brazil With California Agriculture Leadership Program

Class with Dr. Durval Dourado & Dr. Ricardo Oliveira at the Univ. of São Paulo College of Ag in Piracicaba.

Cultivating leaders who will guide the future of agriculture After wrapping up harvest at home, Atlas Central Coast regional manager James McGarry left for Brazil with his classmates from the California Agriculture Leadership Program. The group took a boat trip on the Amazon River and completed service projects at the Irma Dulce School and Irma Dulce Hospital. They also visited the University Continue Reading →

Vineyard Picnic

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“We had an incredible time showing our love and appreciation for our Atlas crew and their families. While we are lucky to have a great winemaker and are blessed in owning a special piece of land, we would be nowhere without our vineyard crew. They are the heart and soul of our wine and a special part of our family. We were literally “dancing in the dark” as our lunch party turned into a barn dance under the full moon. It is reassuring to see that our team can play as hard as they work.”

Thank you again to everyone at Atlas for a remarkable harvest and a bountiful year!

Bill and Cindy Wenzlau
http://wenzlauvineyard.com/

Oregon 2013: Balanced flavors and richness

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It was the second week of September when Ken Kupperman called the first pick at the vineyards he oversees for Atlas Vineyard Management in Oregon. The weeks since have been a flurry of activity, as vineyard sites reached maturity at the same time and the state finished one of the quickest harvests in its history. “It’s a blur,” Ken says. Continue Reading →

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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The Napa Valley American Viticultural Area is arguably the most famous growing region for wines in the United States. But with 15 recognized sub-appellations, it also is home to a wide variety of styles of its signature variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve already discussed how winemakers can use harvest timing as a tool to guide winemaking style. Another essential component is choosing Continue Reading →

When to Pick for Varietal and Wine Style

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We’ve already harvested much of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing at vineyards we manage in California’s North Coast. But how do we know when to harvest? As the in-house winemaker for Atlas Vineyard Management and our Northern California regional manager, Anthony Weytjens works directly with clients talking about the optimal time to pick. For larger sites and wineries with Continue Reading →

Harvest Quality: It’s in Your Hands

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When it comes to creating high-end wines, winemakers have been using the same recipe for hundreds of years: limit oxygen exposure, age with toasted oak and harvest by hand. At Atlas Vineyard Management, we hand-harvest all of our vineyards. There are many reasons we choose hand harvesting over mechanization, but they are all part of the same goal: quality.When it comes Continue Reading →

Establishing a Dry-Farmed Vineyard

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For many wine consumers—and even some of us in the industry—the term “dry farming” conjures up images of gnarled old Zinfandel vines in California’s Central Valley and Sierra Foothills. But dry farmed vineyards exist all over the state, http://caff.org/programs/dryfarm/vineyards/ and during the past year Atlas Vineyard Management has helped property owners convert one traditionally irrigated vineyard to dry farming and Continue Reading →

WINE + GRAPE EXPO

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Connecting Vineyard Practices to Wine Quality Save the Date:  November 14, 2013  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Napa Expo Fairgrounds  575 Third Street, Napa The Wine + Grape EXPO is a highly focused educational symposium for the winegrape grower and wine producer. The EXPO includes seminars that focus on specific vineyard practices as they relate to wine quality as well Continue Reading →

Afternoon in the Vineyards

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Visit your neighborhood vineyard. Going on its 14th year, Afternoon in the Vineyards is a free annual community open house that gives Napa County residents an opportunity to tour local vineyards and learn about the innovative grape growing and winemaking techniques that make the Napa Valley unique. The event is hosted in partnership with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Each year, Continue Reading →