We first met Marisa McCann as an Wine Marketing MBA student at ProWein, Germany this past spring. The connection was immediate; fast forward one month and Luna was lucky enough to bring her on as our full-time Marketing Specialist. Marisa sat down with us as we dove deep into the ingenuity that drives her creativity, inspiration, and discipline, as a wine marketer in Napa Valley. We are by no means alone – Forbes Magazine featured Marisa and Luna Vineyards in a Women in Wine article during VinExpo Bordeaux in June. We’ve included a link to the Forbes article here: “Women in Wine Embracing the Offbeat.”
Yesterday marked the first day of harvest 2017 for Luna Vineyards. Our dedicated crew worked through the night to pick the first crush, guided by early morning light to fill the bins with only the highest quality of fruit. These first fruits of harvest hold a special place of honor, symbolizing the hands and hearts who nurtured them throughout the year.
“If I work 40 years, I only have 40 chances to make something great,” says winemaker, Shawna Miller on her drive up to Luna’s contracted Sangiovese Vineyard on Atlas Peak. Harvest 2017 is quickly approaching and Shawna was meeting with the vineyard proprietor and manger to inspect the progress of the grapes. On the way up the windy road, nothing was off the table for discussion and we discovered some amazing things about our humble yet extremely talented winemaker.
After a rainy winter, spring blooms are bringing life and color back to the Napa Valley. Blossom-laden vineyards are sprouting with signs of a new vintage and our team is working diligently to prepare for the season ahead.
The show is just starting at Luna Vineyards as small Pinot Grigio clusters begin to form. The warm weather and sunny days ahead mean vine suckering is just around the corner!
Vines are not the only thing coming alive at the estate. Our covered veranda is buzzing with commotion as bees pollinate the hanging white wisteria. The olive trees are waking up once again and the lemon trees are bearing bright fruit that hang in the sunshine.
Napa Valley is so special in the spring time – thanks for stopping by to share it with us!