Session

Winegrape Production During A Global Pandemic
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

The New Normal with Vineyard Operations: labor shortages, global pandemics, and wildfires have changed how we operate in vineyards.

Growers will speak on how they adapted their vineyard operations and labor practices during 2020, and what aspects of these accommodations
and contingency planning they may keep in the future for greater operational efficiency.

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Lise Asimont
Dot Wines, LLC, California

Lise Asimont started her career in the wine industry while studying anthropology at Saint Mary’s College of California.  She devoted a junior thesis to the inner-workings of a small winery in the Russian River Valley.  While there, she developed a love for winegrowing and went on to study with the Environmental Horticulture graduate group at the University of California, Davis with a specialization in Viticulture.  She studied under Dr. M. A. Walker at the University of California, and conducted her master’s research on grapevine rootstock resistance to root-knot nematodes.

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Speakers:

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Tony Bugica
Atlas Vineyard Management, California

Tony Bugica represents the fourth generation of a farming family. Attending the University of Nevada, Reno, he studied biology. After college, he started Bugica Landscaping and Excavation. During his 10 years as President of Bugica Landscaping, he managed 120+ employees which included supervision of over 500 commercial and residential properties in the Reno-Tahoe area. Tony’s company was honored with many awards in recognition for its unique designs and beautiful landscapes, and as one of the top landscaping contractors in the Reno-Tahoe area.

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Sadie Drury
North Slope Management, Washington

Sadie Drury is a Walla Walla native who has been passionate about agriculture since her first job of picking strawberries at the age of 12. In 2007 Sadie decided to combine her passion for agriculture with her love for quality wine by attending the Center for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and pursuing a career in viticulture.

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Craig Ledbetter
Vino Farms, LLC, California

Craig Ledbetter graduated from California State University, Fresno; with a BS in Agriculture Economics. He is the part of the third generation that has joined Vino Farms, LLC, and the fourth generation in California farming.

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