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California Association of Winegrape Growers Annual Conference

July 17, 2018 - July 18, 2018

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) will be hosting their 7th Annual CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, Annual Awards of Excellence Program and 44th Annual Meeting & Speaker Program in Napa, July 17 – 18.


Attend CAWG’s Annual Business Meeting & Conference and be part of the professional learning event of a lifetime. We’ve gathered wine industry luminaries to educate, inform and inspire on important current topics.  CAWG is working on putting together an excellent line-up of speakers for the Summer Conference. Program details to follow.


CAWG’s Awards of Excellence Program is meant to spotlight exceptional people who have benefitted the broader community of wine grape growers through exemplary leadership and outstanding commitment to the well being of the wine growing industry, California communities and the environment. The Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner will take place on Tuesday evening, July 17. The Awards of Excellence Winners will be announced shortly.


Please join us in Napa for a fun day on the course to help support the CAWG PAC. Located in the heart of the Wine Country, the two Silverado Resort and Spa championship golf courses are only available to members or resort guests. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, both courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees. The day will include a continental breakfast, Bloody Mary bar, lunch, drinks on the course, and skills contests and games.

CAWG’s Political Action Committee provides California wine grape growers the opportunity to support the election of those candidates, for national and state offices, who recognize and understand the many important contributions California winegrowers make to sustain vibrant communities and support a healthy economy. A strong, effective CAWG PAC is an important tool the grower community can use to advocate for issues and candidates that support California winegrape growers. When you contribute to CAWG PAC, you are making an important investment in public advocacy and sound governance.


Tuesday, July 17
8:00 AM:  Registration (breakfast available)
8:45 AM – 11:30 AM:  Speaker Program

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM:  Competing on a Global Stage

The United States is the world’s largest and most attractive wine market and every major wine producing nation in the world wants a piece of the U.S. market. Over the last decade, foreign winegrowers have succeeded in capturing an increasingly larger share of the U.S. market; oftentimes aided by subsidized marketing dollars. Amidst this competitive landscape, California growers have endured higher costs and stagnant grape prices. This session will explore future prospects for California growers and how growers compete and remain profitable in this very difficult market climate.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM:  Technology Trends in the Vineyard

The advance of technology is revolutionizing all aspects of our personal and professional lives, and certainly this holds true in California’s vineyards. Advances in sensor technology, new computer algorithms, and the evolution of robotics and drones means growers face an ever-expanding array of technologies and products intended to help growers use real-time data to make more effective decisions in the vineyard. This session focuses on key technology trends in the vineyard that promise dramatic improvements in the production of winegrapes and the challenges growers face in dealing with information overload. Our presenters will review the most important trends and technology so that you can stay ahead of the competition.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM:  Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM:  Driving Deeper into the Future of Winegrape Trucking

Imagine a world where a driverless truck arrives at your vineyard in the middle of the night to pick up your just-harvested grapes to deliver to the winery. The driverless truck enables your grapes to be picked up based on your schedule rather than at a later time dictated by driver availability or driver time regulations. The fact is this isn’t some farfetched idea but a reality that will occur in just a few years.  As vineyard operations have moved towards technology to mitigate cost and minimize risk in the vineyard, the trucking industry has followed suit by developing driverless semi-trucks. This panel will drive deep into the emerging technology solutions for trucking and logistics needed to address a shrinking labor pool, higher employee costs and a continued onslaught of new regulations.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Wine Industry Networking Reception, Lunch and Annual Meeting

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Keynote Speaker

Announcement to come!

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Before the Harvest: State of the Industry

With the start of harvest looming, what is the state of industry? Our panel of experts have a sharp-eyed view of industry trends and market developments. This session will provide the latest insights into market conditions and the many challenges and opportunities confronting growers and wineries before the start of harvest. This is a can’t miss session.

Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner Timeline
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Awards of Excellence Reception
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM: Dinner
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM: Awards of Excellence Program

Wednesday, July 18
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament
7:30 AM: Registration and Warm-Up
8:30 AM: Shotgun Start
2:00 PM: CAWG PAC Reception

Hotel Room Reservations
CAWG has negotiated a discounted room rate of $249 at the Silverado Resort and Spa (book by June 15 for this rate). To book under the CAWG room block, contact the hotel at 707-257-5440.


Silverado Resort & Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Rd
Napa, CA 94558 United States
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(707) 257-0200