Everything in Napa begins with a toast, it makes sense as it is one of the most well-known wine regions in the world. It is only fitting that each year as Harvest Season rolls around come early September, that the employees of the winery gather around to toast to the new grapes and harvest. There has been the tradition of Blessing of the Grapes for decades for the wineries in Napa Valley and is symbolic of the fruits of their labor. It is a time to acknowledge the hard work and passion that goes into making the wine that fills your glass. 
Wineries in Sonoma and Napa have turned Harvest Season into a true celebration here in wine country. Now with hosting annual events and parties for their guests to experience this important time in the wine growing season. The process of wine making is definitely a long one throughout the year and every person at the winery plays a crucial role in their success. 
Many wineries have now adopted a new tradition on matching t-shirts for the hard-working team members who make it all happen behind the scenes.  With Harvest Season being physically demanding and tiring work, wineries in Napa and Sonoma consistently show appreciation to these hard-working individuals. Most wineries will have exclusive parties and celebrations for their team and internal employees to acknowledge the important role each person contributes. 
Other important members if the wine making team of course include our furry friends! While it is no new tradition, most wineries have a “winery dog” that loves to run through the vineyards and help our winemakers. Winery dogs have historically played an important role as the wineries by protecting the precious grapes from critters and pests, and some can even identify diseases that may harm the vines! And, who doesn’t love seeing these friendly dogs at the wineries in Sonoma and Napa during their visit?
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