It is the data from the California Wines that show that basically everything went the right way in 2018, and the grapes and therefore is in perfect condition as they were harvested. A long maturation period and moderate temperature especially in spring and summer were perfect for the vines.
the Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than 2017, which meant that the grapes had a long ripening. This has great significance for the particular flavour development in the grapes. It was mainly dry but cool weather in september meant that the grapes could hang longer.
The high quality seems to be across all the territory both on the coast and more inland. The only one who was affected by the heat waves were of Temecula, Paso Robles and San Diego County. In total it is expected that 4.1 million. tonnes of grapes – a 2% increase compared to the 2017 and 6% higher than the average.