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Get the latest science and research for the wine industry with Sustainable Wine Growing. Vineyard Team brings you industry professionals and experts on resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture to help you put sustainability into practice.

Get the latest science and research for the wine industry with Sustainable Wine Growing. Vineyard Team brings you industry professionals and experts on resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture to help you put sustainability into practice.
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Get the latest science and research for the wine industry with Sustainable Wine Growing. Vineyard Team brings you industry professionals and experts on resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture to help you put sustainability into practice.




66: Vineyard Disease Management

Dan Rodrigues, Owner of VinaQuest has been farming his whole life. Dan oversees pest control, irrigation, replant, development, and investigates problems on winegrapes, blueberries, and avocados grown from Salinas to Northern Santa Barbara. Additionally he is a lecturer at California Polytechnic State University on viticulture practices and vineyard management. Dan talks about how the loss of materials impacts farming; disease management for mildew, sour rot, and weeds; the effects of a...


65: Winegrape Brokering and Todays Grape Market

Audra Cooper, Broker/Partner at Turrentine Brokerage began her career in 2006 providing support for grape brokers throughout the state and has served as lead grape broker for the Central Coast region of California since 2012. She grew up on ranches in the Central Coast and graduated from California State University at Fresno with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Audra talks about what wine and grape brokering is, the factors that affect grape pricing, the 2018 grape market, how...


64: Educating the Next Generation of Winegrowers

Dr. Alfredo Koch, Ag Business, Viticulture & Enology Coordinator, describes the Viticulture and Enology Program at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. Topics include the content of the degree program, the work students do as part of their training, the campus vineyard, and the wines the students make and sell. References: Allan Hancock College)AHC Class SearchAHC Distance LearningAHC Vineyards and WineryAHC Viticulture & Enology ProgramAllan Hancock Winery Review of Allan...


63: Evaluate and Maintain Your Irrigation System

Jim Anshutz, Partner, AgH2O talks about irrigation system maintenance, technology, and efficiency. Topics include system pressure, flushing, protecting emitters, system design, pumping, irrigation scheduling, Reference California Irrigation Management Information SystemCal Poly San Luis Obispo Irrigation Training and Research CenterFresno State Center for Irrigation TechnologyIrrigation Consumer Bill of RightsIrrigation Consumer Bill of RightsJim Anshutz’s LinkedIn pageWater Right...


62: Treat Others the Way You Want To Be Treated

Kacy Smith, Health and Wellness Coordinator & Michael Parola, Assistant Ranch Manager and Sustainability Director at Smith Family Wines talk about the social equity component of sustainability at Smith Family Wines. Topics include their 401(k) retirement plan, health insurance plan, and extensive health and wellness program which includes paid time for exercise, family fitness events, and exercise equipment in the workplace. References: Pinnacle HealthCareRichard Russell CrossFitSain...


61: Old Vines, New Leaders

Dr. Stephanie Bolton, Sustainable Winegrowing Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission, talks about sustainable farming in Lodi including the use of beneficial insects, pesticide reduction, grower-to-grower education, and the sense of community that makes the Lodi wine region a special place. References: 54: Growing Grapes on Two CoastsStephanie Bolton’s LinkedIn PageStephanie@lodiwine.comHistoric Vineyard Society Lodi American Viticultural AreasLodi GrowersLodi RulesLodi Wines Get...


60: Jeff Newton

Jeff Newton President and CEO, Costal Vineyard Care Associates discusses his career, the history and future of the Santa Ynez American Viticultural Area. Topics include how he got into farming, why he chose wine grapes, and changes he’s seen in the Santa Ynez Valley AVA over the years. References: Coastal Vineyard Care AssociatesFounding Father: Jeff Newton Grower Interview Jeff NewtonJeff Newton’s BioWinegrowing Areas of Santa Barbara County Get More Subscribe on Google Play,...


59: In Defense of Farming

Paul Crout, Agronomist, Helena AgriEnterprises and Vice-Chair, California Association of Pest Control Advisers, talks about the mismatch between farming and the perceptions and beliefs people have about agriculture. He touches on local, state, and national level means of education growers can be involved in and his own efforts to educate the public about what farmers do and do not and how that may differ from public perception. References: California Association of Pest Control...


58: Barn Owls

Mark Browning, owner, Barn Owl Box Company and Head Researcher, Barn Owl/Rodent Project discusses barn owls, their role in the environment, their habits and behaviors, their biology, their prodigious appetite for rodents and how to attract and keep them around the farm. References: Barn owl battles Kestrel for nesting spotBarn Owl BiologyBarn Owl Nesting Box Fact SheetThe Barn Owl Box CompanyThe Barn Owl/Rodent ProjectCrops and Barn Owls Prey Consumption by a Large Aggregation of Barn...


57: Wet Climate Viticulture

Fritz Westover, owner/operator of Westover Vineyard Advising describes growing conditions and challenges in multiple states across the Southeastern United States and Texas. Fritz’s career has taken him from Pennsylvania to Texas, California to Italy, giving him a unique perspective on growing grapes in different conditions around the world. References: 4/22/19 Webinar | Practices for Promoting Vineyard Sustainability in Challenging Climates “Growing Grapes in Texas: From the Commercial...


56: Conservation Burning and Biochar

Conservation burning is a way of dramatically reducing greenhouse gasses and particulate releases from burning woody material like old grapevines. Biochar is a soil amendment that can hold water and nutrients in the soil for slow release to the plants. Raymond Baltar, Director of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative; Director of the California Biochar Association and Biochar Project Manager at Sonoma Ecology Center explains how to execute a conservation burn and make biochar to reduce smoke and...


55: Using Technology to Schedule Irrigation

One of the most respected viticulturists on the West Coast, Mark Greenspan, Ph.D., President and Viticulturist, Advanced Viticulture, Inc. discusses the science and technology of irrigating winegrapes for maximum quality and yield while managing vine stress and conserving water. Topics include irrigation scheduling with pressure bombs, dendrometers and leaf porometers, technology in the vineyard, and the science behind managing vine stress for maximum benefit. References: Advanced...


54: Growing Grapes on Two Coasts

Mark Chien, Program Coordinator of the Oregon Wine Research Institute, has devoted his career to helping grapegrowers in some of the most difficult growing regions in the world. Over the past four decades Mark’s work as an educator and extentionist in Pennsylvania and Oregon has improved wine quality on both coasts. Mark shares highlights from his career including his years as a vineyard manager, Pennsylvania State University viticulture extension agent, and program coordinator for Oregon...


53: Producing Compost and Carbon Sequestration

This podcast is a recording from a workshop we co-costed on soil health. As part of California Climate Investments, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program distributed $5.8 million in cap and trade funds in 2018 to farming and ranching operations for the implementation of soil health practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop brought together our team of researchers and growers from Cal Poly, the Vineyard...


52: The Long View on Sustainable Winegrowing

Dr. Cliff Ohmart shares insights from his career in sustainability research and education in winegrapes and other crops. He talks about how his experiences with the Lodi Winegrape Commission and grape growers in the Lodi appellation shaped how he sees IPM and sustainable winegrowing today. References: 27: 50 years of IPM35: Integrated Pest Management in Sustainably Farmed Vineyards Google search results for “Cliff Ohmart”Lodi Winegrape CommissionSign Up | Irrigation Efficiency Project...


50: The Vineyard Team

Kris Beal, M.S., Executive Director of Vineyard Team, recounts some of the history of the organization, it’s current activities and what the future holds in store. The Vineyard Team identifies and promotes the most environmentally safe, viticulturally and economically sustainable farming methods, while maintaining or improving quality and flavor of wine grapes. The Team is a model for wine grape growers and will promote the public trust of stewardship for natural...


49: Stopping the Spread of Red Leaf Viruses

Grapevine Leaf Roll-associated Virus 3 as well other virus diseases of grapevines have a profound effect on wine quality and the economic viability of a vineyard. Dr. Kari Arnold the Area Orchard and Vineyard Systems Advisor at Stanislaus County, Associated with University of California Cooperative Extension, describes the connections between the Californian plant propagation system, the movement of mealybugs both in the vineyard and across the globe, the difficulty of identifying virused...


48: Creek Restoration and Vineyards

Jean-Pierre Wolff, Owner & Vintner of Wolff Vineyards, turning a nuisance into an asset by restoring the stability and ecological functioning of the creeks that surround his property including the steelhead trout spawning habitat. He also realized an economic benefit by preventing the loss of tons of soil to erosion. References: 42: Farming with Wildlife Central Coast Regional Board MembersCentral Coast Regional Water Quality Control BoardCoastal San Luis Resource Conservation...


47: Fungicide Resistance in the Vineyard

Walt Mahaffee, Ph.D., Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Corvalis explains how and why Grape Powdery Mildew populations become resistant to certain fungicides. He also explores how to mitigate resistance and describes current research on how fungicide resistance starts in Grape Powdery Mildew and how it spreads from one place to another. References: Mahaffee’s USDA Agricultural Research Service webpageFungicide Resistance Action Committee websiteFungicide...


46: Viticultural Research in Australia

References: Conserving Irrigation Water Dr. McCarthy Profile ”Michael McCarthy viticulture” “Managing vines during heat waves” Fact Sheet from Wine Australia REGULATED DEFICIT IRRIGATION AND PARTIAL ROOTZONE DRYING: An overview of principles and applicationSign Up | Irrigation Efficiency ProjectSustainable Ag ExpoSustainable Ag Expo Attendee Registration Discount “Sustainable salinity management in Australian vineyards” Fact Sheet from Wine Australia Get More Subscribe on Google Play,...