California Grape Varieties and Availability
Grapes from California are available nearly year-round, from May through January. The growing season is long, with two grape-growing regions that have hot, dry summers and falls, allowing the vineyards to bask in sunshine that develops full bunches of large, plump and sweet fruit. The harvest starts in the southernmost Coachella Valley and moves northward into the San Joaquin Valley, where grapes can be harvested into December.
There are more than 80 varieties of California grapes, each with a personality all their own.