Smaller crop with great quality spotlights the importance of teamwork for Fetzer Vineyards
Mendocino County, Calif. Oct. 19, 2021 – As the end of harvest season in the North Coast nears, Fetzer Vineyards has released its harvest report and video to shine a light on the growing season, the harvest, and what to expect from the 2021 vintage.
- To read Fetzer Vineyards’ 2021 Harvest Report in its entirety, click here.
- To watch Fetzer Vineyards’ 2021 harvest video, click here.
This year’s growing season was marked by lower-than-average rainfall and a historically warm summer, which led to lower volumes of fruit and smaller berries than in an average year. Despite stressful growing conditions and the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic, the resiliency of the vines and the collaborative nature of Fetzer Vineyards’ winegrowing, winemaking and operations teams led to a successful harvest. Fruit from estate ranches in Mendocino County as well as fruit from partner growers throughout California arrived to the winery with bright acidity, balanced flavors and excellent quality.
The wines show notable vibrancy and dynamic varietal character, a result of the unique growing conditions and careful handling in the vineyard and cellar. Naturally abundant acids in the 2021 grapes complement the vintage’s ripe flavors, creating wines with vibrant aromas and flavors, and mouthwatering freshness on the palate. This is idea for Fetzer, Bonterra and 1000 Stories brands, which aim for delicious wines crafted with early enjoyment in mind. Acidity is also a key to longevity, so collectible wines from Fetzer Vineyards’ California portfolio have the potential to age well and gain greater complexity with time.