2013 FARMING PRACTICES It is rare that two consecutive growing seasons of such impeccable quality materialize. On the heels of the prior year’s idyllic harvest, 2013 presented superior growing conditions that resulted in a winegrape crop of exceptional quality—a perfect season.
Following relatively light rainfall, the growing season presented consistently warm and temperate conditions, allowing our vine canopies to fall perfectly into balance. Without significant interruptions from rainfall or extreme temperature changes, the VHR fruit attained desired maturity. During the spring and summer months, we installed the vineyard framework and planted selected rootstocks in our historic, 11-acre hillside Block 1. We also began redevelopment of our benchland Block 3D, removing the Petit Verdot in favor of the more appropriately sited Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lastly, we focused significant attention to ensure the long-term sustainability of the ancient oak woodlands on our property, some of which date back more than 300 years. We amended soils and performed much-needed canopy work to ensure that the trees thrive for future generations to enjoy at Vine Hill Ranch.
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.