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CAWG Pushes Legislation to Streamline Ag Employee Housing

California ranks last in both housing affordability and availability, compared to the rest of the United States. This is having a major impact on California farm workers who are having to commute long distances to get to work or are otherwise struggling to get by. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as they …

Wine Grape Planting Trends & the Removal Need for Market Correction

Growers are not overplanting wine grape acreage in California, but they have fallen fall behind in removing old, underperforming vineyards and less desirable varieties. This is what Allied Grape Growers President Jeff Bitter shared at the 2024 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium upon release of their annual grapevine nursery survey report. Watch this brief interview as Jeff shares with American …

Auction of Washington Wines Event Raises Over $150,000 for Wine Research

Washington State University (WSU) wine science faculty, staff, and students joined vintners and other wine industry members at The Winemakers Reserve in Woodinville in March to celebrate the eighth Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction. Since its 2015 inception, the philanthropic event has raised more than $1.2 million for WSU viticulture and enology (V&E) research initiatives, with this year’s auction bringing in more than …

Sustainable WA Partners with Salmon-Safe for Dual Vineyard Certification

The Washington wine industry today announced an exciting partnership between the state’s sustainability certification for winegrapes – Sustainable WA – and Salmon-Safe, a leading U.S. regional eco-label focused on watershed protection. Following an 18-month development process, Sustainable WA is joining with Salmon-Safe in a certification partnership to enhance water quality protection, wildlife habitat conservation, and climate resiliency. As part of …

NYWGF Seeking Applications for Board of Directors by May 3

Every May the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) Board of Directors meets to elect members of the industry and interested stakeholders (like wine consumers) to board seats with expiring terms. The term of office for directors is three years and there are currently 22 members of the Board of Directors. Thirteen (13) board seats are statutorily mandated by the …

Patent for Unique Montana Harbinger Grape Variety Nears

Montana Grape & Wine Association — Longtime Montana Grape & Wine Association supporter and member Dr. Al Putnam of Hamilton said he has received what he considers “good news” about his submission for a patent on the Montana “Harbinger” grape variety. Dr. Putnam, a retired professor of horticulture, had discovered the new vine in his small vineyard near Corvallis. He recognized the plant was not one …

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Unity Awards Announced

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2024 Unity Awards. The Unity Awards were created in 1990 for the community to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries, researchers, retailers, and others to advance the entire industry.  Honoring the longstanding and bold spirit of our community members and …

New York State and Regional Wine Associations Unite to Provide Expanded Access to Educational and Business Development Resources

In an exciting collaboration between the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance (FLWA), 2024 promises new opportunities for educational and business growth for wineries and grape growers across New York State. Beginning in March 2024, NYWGF members will have the opportunity to participate in FLWA Spring Roundtables and Workshops, events which were previously …

Oregon Winery Wins 2024 Winery of the Year in International Competition

Umpqua Valley winery Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards has recently been awarded 2024 Winery of the Year and ‘Best White Wine’ at Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition, held in Del Mar, California. In total, Reustle claimed 4 Double Gold and 3 Gold Medals, including 3 ‘Best of Class’ distinctions. Toast of the Coast is an annual event hosted by the San Diego County Fair, aiming to recognize wineries …

Insurance Market Crushes Wineries and Wine Country Homeowners

We keep hearing about how difficult it is for winery and vineyard owners to get property insurance these days, both for their homes and their wine businesses in  California’s wildfire-prone areas. Those who have not yet faced non-renewal are dreading a potential notice on their next renewal cycle, and those who have been non-renewed or are purchasing new properties are finding …

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