2011 FARMING PRACTICES On the heels of the difficult 2010 growing season, 2011 brought forth its own unique set of challenges in the vineyard. Late and abundant rainfall was followed by a long and temperate summer growing season, inducing vigorous canopy growth that required repeated thinning passes by hand crews in order to ensure necessary air flow to the fruit.
While the growing season was long and cool, without any periods of extreme heat, the harvest year was punctuated by rainfall in early October, prior to the Cabernet fruit being fully mature. Meticulous canopy management and fruit thinning at the close of the season, combined with optimal growing conditions through late October, brought forward a crop of exceptional balance at reduced brix levels.
2011 saw the introduction of two new bee colonies and the expansion of our insectiaries at Vine Hill Ranch, as well as continued management of our creek restoration on Hopper Creek along our southern boundary.
The Phillips Family was awarded the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ prestigious Grower of the Year award in recognition of our commitment to sustainable viticultural practices and contributions to the Napa Valley community.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) has announced that the Phillips family, longtime winegrape growers in Oakville, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. This is the first time that a family, rather than an individual, has been chosen for this distinction.
Bob Phillips was an early president (1984-86) of the NVG and one of the true pioneers of the organization. He participated in a significant way in many foundational industry successes, from the definition of the Napa Valley’s appellated structure to the protections afforded Napa County’s rich agricultural resources. His wife, Alex, served on the board of the Napa County Farm Bureau, and was instrumental in the founding years and beyond at the di Rosa Preserve. Bruce Phillips, their son, recently completed a two-year term as President of the NVG, during which time he led the NVG in the areas of strategic development, marketing and industry partnerships, which will carry the organization far into the future. Bruce’s wife, Heather, is a Napa County Planning Commissioner and chaired the very successful 2009 NVG Harvest STOMP event.
“The Phillips family has quietly represented the best of what we as growers
hope to be. Their love of the land and dedication to the industry and community
is an inspiration to all of us.” —NVG PRESIDENT DAVID BECKSTOFFER
Each year, the Past Presidents of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers meet to decide Grower of the Year. They deliberate over nominations submitted by the NVG membership based on: a strong commitment to sustainable practices; recognized leadership in agricultural preservation; dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community; and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards.
With over 550 members, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class winegrowing region for over 36 years. Its mission is to promote and preserve Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards.