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Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Cellar Door Club
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Our September 2016 Cellar Door Club shipment features three wonderful reds: Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo and one white wine, our 2014 Verdelho.

September Shipment

2016 Harvest Report

We have an early harvest coming our way. A number of factors have come together this year to make for an early vintage:

  • The on-going drought

    2016 is another drought year despite being the highest rainfall season since 2005.

    The winter rainfall of 2015/2016 was enough to saturate the surface soil, allowing the soil to warm up and initiate an early bud break, flowering and fruit set.

  • Warm temperatures and above-average low temperatures

    This has not just been the case on the Central Coast, but around the world. May 2016 is the thirteenth month in a row with global mean temperatures being 2.5 degrees or more above the average temperatures during the century of 1880 through 1980. July 2016 also has been the warmest July globally since modern record keeping.

    The winter rainfall of 2015/2016 was enough to saturate the surface soil, allowing the soil to warm up and initiate an early bud break, flowering and fruit set.

Ken has observed during his long tenure in horticulture on the Central Coast that precocious behavior of other plants frequently correlate to an early vintage. If Ken is able to fully ripen Beefsteak Tomatoes in his home garden in San Luis Obispo by the fourth of July, which indicates an early start to vintage. This year Ken had Cherokee Purple and Caspian Pink Tomatoes fully ripened in the last week of June. Virtually all of his stone fruit trees and apples ripened 30-45 days earlier than usual. The commercial avocado harvest in San Diego and Riverside counties was completed in early July, earlier than the typical late August completion.

Color change (veraison) of early ripening grape varieties started in early July in neighboring vineyards. The bird scaring propane cannons have been sounding in many ranches.

The 2016 crop is not large and the clusters are smaller than typical, which means it will not take long to ripen, particularly if it continues to be hot.

Pick Up Party
Pick Up Party

As in previous years, we will not be having a September pickup party since we will be right in the middle of Harvest. But, this year we really look forward to seeing all of our club members at our Cellar Door Club Holiday Party! Stay tuned for details!

Upcoming Events

September 24, 2016 — San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

6:30 – 11pm, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California

Enjoy a wild evening of food and drinks from more than 150 restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Dance to live music, meet exotic animals, and more! All proceeds from this event go directly to our San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. For tickets and more details, please visit:

October 8, 2016 — Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting

12 – 4pm, Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, CA

The highlight of the weekend is the Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country at Old Mission Santa Ines. All 120+ winery members gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, caterers, and gourmet food creators. Listen to live music from various bands and musicians. For tickets and information, please visit

October 23, 2016 — 5th Annual Harvesting Hope Festival

12 – 4pm, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, Nipomo, CA

Join us at the beautiful Monarch Dunes Clubhouse for a celebration of arts, crafts, food and wine! Proceeds benefit 5cities Homeless Coalition and Nipomo Food Basket. Your $25.00 ticket includes hearty bread and homemade soup in a handcrafted bowl. There will be local artisans, local wines, a raffle, music and a silent auction. Swing by the KVV table and say hi! For tickets, please visit or call 805-574-1638.