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American Vineyard Magazine April Issue

American Vineyard April 2020

Contents of the April Issue: Tragedy to Triumph with John Balletto Wine Grape Grower Not Discouraged by Challenges California Wine Institute Conference Wine Leaders Highlight Trade Opportunities The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs Spring Vineyard Frost Protection Options for Monitoring & Mitigation

Carl Tinder Named Virginia Vineyards Association Grower of the Year

Carl Tinder, owner of Tinder Cattle & Vineyard, has been named Grower of the Year by the Virginia Vineyards Association (VVA). Mr. Tinder has become an important force in the growth of Virginia’s wine industry, said VVA President Nate Walsh. “In addition to planting 32 acres of vines on his own properties, Carl has helped numerous other growers plant and maintain …

How to Successfully Convert to Year-round Vineyard Mechanization

The journey to year-round mechanization in the vineyard can be a rough one, but it is worthwhile, according to Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations and Scheid Family Wines.. One may wonder where to start or how to maintain the same or better quality compared to traditional methods. Watch this brief interview with Greg as he shares his journey to …

Wine Market Dynamics with Turrentine Brokerage: Time to Evolve

The global wine market is constantly evolving along with the demands of today’s consumers, as growers and wine industry stakeholders were clearly reminded at the recent Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento. Obviously, growers can’t change their vineyards/varietals as quickly as the markets changes; however, watch this brief interview for some considerations from Steve Fredricks from Turrentine Brokerage, and …

What You May Not Know About the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Control Program

It’s getting to be time soon for California grape growers to vote on the continuation of the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program. You may not feel that Pierce’s Disease is a threat to your vineyard, but other pests and disease are.  Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he shares about some …

New Pending Regulations for Night Harvest Lighting in Vineyards

Are grape growers going to have to light up their vineyards like at a football stadium for night harvest with the new regulations pending CalOSHA?  Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to find out, and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support …

California FSA Now Offers Assistance from Losses due to Grapevine Leafroll Disease

The USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has approved Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Vineyard producers who incurred vineyard losses due to GLD will be able to sign-up under the Tree Assistance Program. Producers may sign up for Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) at any time in their local county office. The deadline to apply …

2020 Winegrowing Season Begins in Sonoma County

As warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine continue to dominate the local forecast, signs of an early grape growing season have been observed in Sonoma County.   Over the past week, several winegrowers throughout Sonoma County have spotted “bud break” in vineyards. This annual event in the lifecycle of grapevines is apparent when small green buds that are fuzzy in …

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