California Vintage Update

Published by Keith Kirkpatrick on 23/05/2019

This week Roberson Agency Buyer Keith Kirkpatrick hears from Jill Matthiasson about how the latest vintage in California is going.

California Vintage 2018/2019

Jill Matthiasson:

In the Napa Valley, we have a wet season and a dry season, and all of our rain comes in a 6-month period between November and May. Some years we get a lot of rain, some years we don’t. This year we got a lot.

Now that the rainy season has ended and the weather has warmed up, everyone is hard at work in the vineyards. The shoots are growing like crazy; we are mowing down the waist-high cover crops and we have three tractors going non-stop.

The crop looks excellent, lots of clusters on happy vines. We leased two more small Cabernet Vineyards, one on Mt. Veeder and one in Oak Knoll, so we will have more blending sources for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is quickly becoming our flagship wine.

The Mt. Veeder vineyard is already CCOF certified organic, we will start farming the other new vineyard organically, and we finally convinced our last non-organic fruit-buying source to convert to organic, so we are very excited that for 2019 we will reach our goal of 100% organically farmed fruit!

In other news, we opened our tasting room at our new winery, and are now welcoming visitors every day of the week. If you’re coming out this way any time soon… we’d love to show you around our new place.

We made all of our wine in the new winery last year except our rosé, with all indigenous fermentations, and everything went great. We’re so happy to finally have the whole process, from farming through to winemaking, under our complete control.


If you’re interested in seeing how this year’s wines might turn out, browse our range of Matthiasson wines now.

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