Grapegrowing Track - Session Detail

Session

Exploring How Vineyard and Cellar Practices Impact Sauvignon blanc Style
Joint Grapegrowing & Winemaking Breakout Session

Sauvignon blanc is a hot variety in the international marketplace and one that can be made in dramatically different styles depending on vinicultural and winemaking practices. Join our international panel of experts as they share their secrets for crafting Sauvignon blanc from vine to bottle.

Moderator:
John Thorngate, Constellation Brands, Inc., California

Session

Looking Forward: How Grapevine Clean Plant Strategies Can be Improved
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

Virus diseases are a significant threat for grapegrowers. Vineyards infected with virus diseases can have reduced yield, fruit composition, and longevity. There is substantial demand for virus-tested, healthy grapevine nursery stock. Regulatory agencies and nurseries are moving ahead with efforts to produce a new level of virus-tested grapevine material for the industry.

Speakers will provide insight into the latest research on Red Blotch and other viruses. In addition, new regulations as well as nursery innovations and investments in increase blocks, testing of materials, etc. will be covered. The grower panel will discuss how they acquire clean material use novel testing techniques, and the importance of clean foundation blocks. And in addition, they will describe their experiences with best practices to combat and manage virus-infected vineyards.

Moderator: 
Lise Asimont, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, California

Speakers:
Marc Fuchs, Cornell University, New York
Deborah Golino, University of California, Davis
Randy Heinzen, Vineyard Professional Services, California
Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms, California 
Neil McRoberts, University of California, Davis
Mike Means, Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington 
Rich Schaefers, Silverado Investment Company, California

Session

The Smart Decision of Using Clean Plant Material
Grapegrowing Session in Spanish

(Session presented in Spanish)
This Track is based on attending a winemaking OR a grapegrowing session (10:45 am – Noon) AND the general session (9:00 am – 10:30 am). You must complete two of the three sessions to qualify for the certificate. A certificate of completion will be mailed after the conference.

Growers depend on healthy propagation material for the success and sustainability of vineyards. Protocols have been established to meet new clean grape standards to provide certified grapevine material to the grape industry. The first speaker of this session will present the new procedures in the production of grapevine certified stock available to nurseries and growers. The second speaker will cover material quality control and the consequences of planting non-certified material on the sustainability of the vineyard.

Moderator:
Enrique Herrero, Inglenook, California  

Speakers:
Joshua Puckett, University of California, Davis 
Lucia Varela, The University of California Cooperative Extension, California

Session

La decisión inteligente de utilizar material de propagación limpio
Sesión en español de viticultura

(Sesión presentada en español)

Esta sesión se basa en asistencia en una sesión de enología o de viticultura (10:45 am – 12:00 pm) y una sesión general en espanõl (9:00am – 10:30am). Tiene que asistir a dos de las tres sesiones para recibir un certificado. Un certificado de asistencia será enviado por correo después de la conferencia.

Los productores de uva dependen de material de propagación sano para el éxito y la sustentabilidad de los viñedos. Recientemente, se han establecido protocolos para cumplir con las nuevas normas de producción de plantas sanas certificadas. El primer orador de esta sesión presentará los nuevos procedimientos en la producción de material certificado disponible para viveros y productores. El segundo orador cubrirá el control de calidad del material y las consecuencias de la plantación de material no certificado en la sustentabilidad del viñedo.

Moderador:
Enrique Herrero, Inglenook, California  

Ponentes:
Joshua Puckett, University of California, Davis 
Lucia Varela, The University of California Cooperative Extension, California

Session

Vineyard Mechanization: Moving to the “No Touch Vineyard?”
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

The labor situation in vineyards is reaching a critical stage. Growers are faced with reduced availability of labor while regulations and costs are increasing. The economic viability of sectors of the grape industry has become more challenging. Innovative growers and manufacturers are developing equipment and cultural practices to increase efficiency while maintaining or improving yield and fruit/wine composition. An important component of these efforts is to manage as many operations as possible in mature vineyards using equipment to reduce the number of “Touches” required by labor.

Growers will learn state of the art practices in vineyard mechanization for the U.S. and Australia. In addition, a grower panel will address the practical aspects of vineyard conversion/establishment for mechanization and experiences with commercially available equipment. The panel will also look ahead to next-steps for efficient vineyard management when labor is unavailable.

Moderator: 
Keith Striegler, E & J Gallo Winery, California

Speakers:
Doug Beck, Monterey Pacific, California
Nick Dokoozlian, E & J Gallo Winery, California
Randy Kazarian, Kazarian Vineyard Development, California
Mark Krstic, The Australian Wine Research Institute, Australia
Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, California
Nick Pehle, Stone Hill Winery, Missouri

Session

Mechanization
Grapegrowing Technical Exhibits Tours

Space is limited to 25 attendees per tour. Registration for tours will be onsite only, located in the designated room from where tours will start, 30 minutes before each tour begins. Enrollment onsite is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, only two representatives per company may enroll in the same tour. Selecting a tour during the registration process does not guarantee enrollment. You must be one of the first 25 attendees to show up in the designated room on-site for each tour.

Labor availability is a huge concern for our industry. Innovative growers and manufacturers are developing equipment and cultural practices to increase efficiency while maintaining or improving yield and fruit/wine composition. An important component of these efforts is to manage as many operations as possible in mature vineyards using equipment to reduce the number of “touches” required by labor.  This exhibit hall tour will visit some of these innovators and inspire you to become creative with mechanization and vineyard cultural practices to maximize your labor availability. 

Tour Leader:
Steve McIntyre, Monterey Pacific, California  

Session

Mecanización
Tour en español de viticultura

El cupo es limitado a 25 personas por tour. El registro a los tours se realizara únicamente en el lugar, en un salón designado, donde se iniciaran los tours. Regristrarse a los tours 30 minutes antes que de empiezen. Se dará el lugar a las primeras personas que se registren. Sin embargo, solo dos personas de la misma empresa podrán inscribirse al mismo tour. El hecho de seleccionar un tour durante su registro no garantiza su lugar. Usted debe ser uno de los primeros 25 asistentes en llegar al lugar de inicio de cada tour.

La disponibilidad de campesinos ha sido de gran preocupación para nuestra industria. Los viticultores y fabricantes innovadores han desarrollado equipo y prácticas agrícolas para incrementar la eficiencia y al mismo tiempo mantener o mejorar los rendimientos y composición de la fruta/vino. Un componente importante de estos esfuerzos es manejar tantas operaciones posibles en viñedos maduros utilizando equipo para reducir el numero de “actividades” requeridas por los campesinos. Este tour a la sala de exhibiciones visitará algunos de estos innovadores y le inspirarán a tener mas creatividad con la mecanización y practicas vitícolas para maximizar la disponibilidad de campesinos.

Líder del tour:
Cecilia Aguero, University of California, Davis   

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