Bud Break Climbs Up West Coast

bud break for the 2014 grape growing season

Bud break has arrived in the vineyards Atlas farms, announcing the start of the grapegrowing season. (See “What is Bud Break?”) Development in our vineyards is averaging seven to 10 days ahead of average, according to Francisco “The Professor” Araujo, Director of Quality Control and Technological Winegrowing Operations for Atlas Vineyard Management. Even though the grapes are just now making Continue Reading →

Journey Towards Greatness


“I was awoken from my slumber and crawled out of the vineyard AirStream as our 2013 harvest began. It was wet and misty but the radios and lights were blaring as our magnificent crew hand harvested another amazing crop of fruit. The fruit hit the winery about 7 am and it is now beginning its journey towards greatness!” Photo courtesy Continue Reading →

Thank You and Good Night


Once harvest begins at vineyards along California’s Central Coast, everyone from the picking crew to the winery intern is non-stop busy. So it really touched our hearts when Bill Wenzlau took the time to drop us a line and let us know how happy he was with the job Jim McGarry and the Atlas Vineyard Management team did picking a 4-acre Continue Reading →

Harvest Begins Across California, Oregon on Track for September Start


Harvest is off to an early start in many of the vineyards we manage on the West Coast. Beyond the properties in Oregon and California’s Central Coast (more on them later), Atlas farms vineyards in California’s Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Our Director of Quality Control Technical Operations, Francisco Araujo, called the first pick Aug. 12, when the team harvested Continue Reading →