Vineyard sheep

Sheep eating spring growth in Etude's Carneros vineyard.

Some 3,000 sheep are feasting this week on vineyard greenery at Etude’s Grace Benoist Ranch in Carneros.

The sheep are a natural way to tidy up a vineyard before the 2019 growing season.

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There is less danger of compacting soils and producing greenhouse gasses from machinery vineyard officials say. At the same time, the sheep put natural fertilizer back into the soil.

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Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.