The vineyards change so much from season to season. I felt fortunate to catch this new bloom on a vine near Jamieson Ranch. To imagine the simple elegance of this bloom will continue to blossom with leaves and grapes.
Amongst the vineyards in late winter, you will find blankets of bright yellow mustard plants. Photographers love to take advantage of the color but there is a reason why they grow throughout the vineyards.
The mustard crop is part of the ecosystem offering the land protection against the elements and later cultivated into the soil adding nutrients for the soon to grow grapevines.
I enjoy looking at the multitude of colors from the blankets of yellow and green offered by the mustard plants to the rusty trellis waiting for the new growth of this years grapes.
These photographs were taking along an open vineyard in Oakville. I was only one of dozens who had stopped along the road to walk in the mud in hopes to obtain that one good shot.
These bunches of grapes are ready for harvest. What type of wine will they produce? Will this be a good year? Will they make a blend with the grapes or keep it as a single varietal? Will they age in American Oak Barrels or French Oak Barrels?
For the photographer, we don’t need to worry about all these questions, we get to enjoy capturing the beauty of each grape, leaf and vine.
This photo was taken at Grgich Hills Estates in Napa Valley during a fun day of making wine the old fashion way….crushing with our feet!