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“Seeding the Future Documentary Addresses Impact of Climate Change on Wine Industry

Global wine community organization, Porto Protocol, has announced the launch of its second documentary, titled ‘Seeding the Future.’ The groundbreaking film sheds light on the profound impact of climate change on winegrowers worldwide, featuring testimonials from industry leaders and showcasing best practices implemented to mitigate its effects. ‘Seeding the Future’ will be available for streaming on YouTube. A key theme …

Students Tour Winemaking Facilities at WSU Tri‑Cities campus

Viticulture and enology (V&E) students from Washington State University’s Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses had a chance to mingle while learning together during a recent field trip. The all-day event took place at WSU Tri-Cities and is part of a new VE Connects initiative established by V&E Founding Department Chair Jean Dodson Peterson. “VE Connects is designed to transform the student transfer experience, improve student recruitment and retention pathways, …

California Association of Winegrape Growers Announces California Compost Tax Credit Legislation

California Association of Winegrape Growers – As the second year of the 2023-24 legislative session is now in full swing, Senator Monique Limón, (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced SB 1135 to establish the California Compost Tax Credit Fund. This legislation seeks to incentivize sustainable agricultural practices, undertaken by winegrape growers and other ag producers, by offering a tax credit for the …

Washington Winegrowers Association Honors Industry Leaders

The Washington Winegrowers Association holds its annual Leadership & Legacy luncheon to celebrate the careers, accomplishments, and leadership of Washington wine legends during its WineVit® Convention. This year’s Leadership & Legacy luncheon was held on February 5 in the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA, and was sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis. Washington Winegrowers Association Executive Director Colleen Frei emceed the event. The …

First Woman Honored as Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year

Sonoma County’s wine community has a long, rich history of women winegrowers, winemakers, winery owners, executives, and industry leaders.  Today, it has added to that legacy with the announcement by theFundación de la Voz de los Viñedos that it has chosen Yolanda Cruz, of Redwood Empire Vineyard Management (REVM), as Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year, marking the first …

California Growers Celebrate Legislative Win Supporting Groundwater Recharge

Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed SB 659, The California Water Supply Solutions Act of 2023, sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Regional Water Authority in Sacramento.  But what does this mean for California farmers implementing groundwater recharge practices in the coming months?  Watch this video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to …

First Recipient of Endowed Viticulture & Enology Scholarship for Veterans

Teagan Mosher’s interest in winemaking was piqued after she toured the viticultural area of Mount Etna while stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella in Italy. Now an undergraduate in Washington State University’s Department of Viticulture and Enology (V&E), Mosher is pursuing her passion for wine science as the first recipient of the Mann Family Endowed Scholarship, a fund for active-duty military members or …

A Rewarding Showcase of Skill and Determination at the Napa County Pruning Contest

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) celebrated its 22nd Annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard on Saturday, February 3.  It was a perfect day as 113 contestants displayed exceptional skill and determination in what is considered the most prestigious competition for Napa Valley’s vineyard professionals. Scoring for the competition is weighted for technique and quality, allowing …

Applications Now Open for Children of Vineyard & Winery Workers Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship, a program designed to support the children of California’s vineyard and winery workers in their pursuit of higher education, is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in junior college, four-year universities, or trade schools. Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be employed …

California Wine Festival Returns at Four Picturesque Coastal Destinations

California Wine Festival, a nationally recognized event series, is proud to announce its return in 2024 to celebrate over 20 years of bringing attention to the beautiful wines, foods, and landscapes of California. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California Wine Festival aims to highlight the best of California’s wine regions and this year will feature events at four top …

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