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OPUS ONE MOMENTS
Capturing Time and Place
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.
The Highly Anticipated Harvest
Harvest 2019 officially commenced on September 10th. The Opus One team endeavors around the clock to delicately harvest fruit by hand to ensure an uncompromising quality. This is a monumental time that arrives year after year, as it marks the beginning of a new vintage that will be recognized for decades to come.
Veraison: Grapes in Transition
As warmer weather continues and the peak of summer arrives, Mother Nature orchestrates a fascinating change in the vineyard. The grapes, which have been a pale green hue, begin to change into a lovely deep shade of purple, marking the onset of berry ripening and maturity. This annual part of the grape’s life cycle marks a turning point towards the exciting harvest season ahead.
"Wherever wine grapes are grown, it is beautiful."
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.
Our team remains vigilant and at the ready to act should conditions for frost occur. Awakened in the very early morning hours by an automatic alert system, the team will respond by activating high intensity fans to stir the air and prevent frost damage to the newly emerged and fragile shoots.
“Making a great wine is easy; it’s just the first 100 years that are difficult.”
Baron Phillipe De Rothschild
Spring in the Napa Valley
While many guests prefer to visit the Napa Valley during the frenzy of harvest so that they can see grapes coming into the winery, the spring months offer a totally different display of beauty in the Napa Valley. Hillsides turn green again, and many plants flower during this time. Lupine, mustard, and wild poppies create an array of colors against the verdant landscape.
“Wine should express itself. It should tell you where it came from.”
A Global Community
Above from Instagram User, prettysweetmess, "Calm before *and after the storm. '07 @opusonewinery No matter how traveled these bottles are, they shine right through! In such a beautifully restrained, energetic place (Pun Intended)."
Championing the importance of family and the community
In 2018, Opus One was proud to participate in Auction Napa Valley by offering an auction lot titled "Party like it is 1789 with Opus One". The lot included access to a masked costume ball at the Palace of Versailles, dinner in the palace with selected vintages of Opus One and an extraordinary excursion to the City of Light. 4 Imperials (6L) of Opus One 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 were also included. The lot raised $1.4 million for local health and children's charities.