Revolutionizing Vineyard Irrigation

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We’re farmers, not politicians. So the fact that Atlas Vineyard Management is part of a revolution is pretty surprising. But sure enough, it’s true. As of April we’ve signed onto a trial we believe will revolutionize vineyard irrigation. If we’re right and the technology works, it will revolutionize farming grapes, making wine and conserving water, too. But let’s back up Continue Reading →

Bud Break Climbs Up West Coast

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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 →

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 Begins Across California, Oregon on Track for September Start

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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 →