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Opus One is the product of two families who shared a passion for wine and a desire to explore new possibilities. Today, our world expands far beyond the present of each vintage. Just as we look back on experience, we are always looking forward for inspiration.

Straight rows of green vineyards after hedging
An Opus One vineyard worker driving a Bobard Tractor through the vineyards for hedging

"Wherever wine grapes are grown, it is beautiful."

Margrit Mondavi
A macro shot of a vine during bud break.
A large wind machine, in the middle of the vineyard, ready to turn on any minute for frost control
Bud break

After harvest, grape vines begin to shut down and go into dormancy for the winter months. Following abundant rains this winter, our vines are beginning to emerge for the 2019 growing season. This is a delicate and precarious time for the newly emerging shoots as they are vulnerable to frost that can occur during the spring months. This is especially true on the Valley floor where cool air tends to pool during cold nights.

A blue Bobard Tractor cultivating between the vineyards

The 2019 Growing Season Begins

Greater than average rainfall over the past winter has turned the entire Napa Valley a beautiful, brilliant green. These abundant rains replenished our reservoirs and restored moisture in the ground. Warmer days came in mid-March and we witnessed the re-emergence of the vines for the new growing season. This stage in the life of the vine is referred to as bud break. As the vines emerge from their winter sleep, the Valley will glow in the light of the new leaves.

“Wine should express itself. It should tell you where it came from.”

Michael Silacci
A red dragon fly landing on a plant with a blue sky in the background
The front of a vineyard post block, listing the details of the vineyard