Spring 2021 – The New Vintage Is Happening!
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Friday, Jan. 22, 3:00pm (on Zoom): Weed Management, with John Roncoroni, UCCE Weed Science Farm Advisor
If you need the Zoom link contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on meetings, contact email@example.com
See recent meetings on the Meetings page here
See the Buy/Sell Exchange here for Santa Cruz Mountains winegrapes available for the 2021 harvest, equipment for sale/wanted, and more, as posted. Watch the Exchange page as more classifieds are posted.
Industry Conferences/Educational Opportunities 2021
Feb. 10: Free Webinar from Enartis - A Vintage Defined by Heat Waves, a Tool to Improve Vineyard Resiliency
- Register here at: https://enartiseducation.clickmeeting.com/heatwaves/register
- See details below
- For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
_______________ April 19-21: The 2nd U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit - Now Virtual!
Hosted by: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, LIVE, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, Oregon Wine, New York Wines, Washington State Wine and Washington Winegrowers Who: A gathering of regional winery and vineyard associations, engaged grower and vintner leaders, and others committed to the sustainability of their local vineyards, wineries and regions. What: Learn some of the driving forces behind the increasing interest in sustainable winegrowing. Be inspired with new ideas on how to bring sustainability education and outreach to your region’s vineyards and wineries. Why: Together we can enhance the sustainability of all U.S. vineyards and wineries and credibly communicate the nationwide commitment to a global audience.
Day 1 - Monday, April 19: U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Tasting and Seminar 11:30am-1pm PT/2:30pm-4pm ET (virtual event) Join us for a unique opportunity to taste four sustainably grown and produced wines from California, Oregon, New York and Washington and a discussion about sustainable winegrowing across the U.S. Tickets for the tasting, which will include wine tasting kits, will be available for purchase soon.
Day 2 - Tuesday, April 20: Summit Session 10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET (virtual event) Summit sessions kick off with a brief summary of recent trade and consumer research on interest in sustainably produced wine, includes a keynote address about trends and observations on sustainable winegrowing in the U.S., and a panel discussion on how to message sustainability to consumers and trade. Summit Vineyard & Winery Tour 1pm-2pm PT/4pm-5pm ET (virtual event) Visit four sustainable vineyards and wineries in California, Oregon, New York and Washington (virtually!) and join in a discussion about sustainable practices in each region. Day 3 - Wednesday, April 21: Summit Session 10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET (virtual event) Join us for a grower/vintner panel discussion on climate change resiliency and a discussion on what is next with sustainable winegrowing, including how to meaningfully address diversity, equity and inclusion in sustainable wineries and vineyards, and how to communicate about the role of crop protection materials in sustainable vineyards while facing increasing pressure from stakeholders on its use. Visit sustainablewinegrowing.org/summit for more details and registration or contact email@example.com with questions.
Membership dues are only $50 annually and are due at the beginning of the year. Membership is open to those sharing an interest in viticulture in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please download the Membership Application from the Membership page here (and please include the form with renewals in order to convey any changes).
To serve the common interests of all Santa Cruz Mountains appellation winegrape producers, and to enhance the quality, profitability and reputation of winegrape production in the appellation through promotion and education.
Vice President: Ken Swegles, Rhizos Viticulture
Secretary: June Salsbury, Spring Hollow Vineyard
Treasurer: Rick Clarke, Empty Nest Vineyard
- Postal address
- P.O. Box 933, Soquel, CA 95073-0933
- Electronic mail
- General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring was long and cold and brought a lot of rain throughout the region and with it pressure from mildew and other fungal diseases in many vineyards. Rain during bloom in some vineyards will affect croploads. For those vineyards that started bloom after the rains the crop is looking very strong. In many vineyards bloom was late, and then budbreak, and then veraison. Veraison started in many vineyards in August, and harvest is later than usual. Although an unusual growing season for many it has resulted in plentiful croploads with excellent fruit. Many growers are enthusiastic about the 2019 vintage.
The 2018 vintage by and large is seeing excellent crop loads and stellar quality. Cool temps from early Sept. on allowed for long hang time and for many a delayed harvest that developed fruit flavors. However, the myriad microclimates of the mountains makes it difficult to generalize, and a warm August precipitated ripening and harvest for some. Growers and winemakers are excited by the 2018 vintage and what it promises in the bottle!