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                                  Associate Member of 

             Beauregard Bald Mtn.                            Black Ridge                                      

McCarthy Ranch                                              Branciforte Ridge                                                Windy Oaks

     -----------------------------  Muns Vineyard   ------------------------------

     Silver Mountain                                                  Burrell School     

Spring 2015

As Winter 2014-1015 transitions to Spring, we've been thankful for gorgeous days and some nice rainstorms to charge the soil moisture for the coming season.  Many areas are close to average precipitation totals.  The mild weather with lots of sunshine has warmed the soils and signaled the vines to wake up a few weeks earlier than normal.  Everyone is rushing to finish pruning and anticipating another great vineyard year.

Meetings & Events

  •  Soil Physical and Chemical Properties for Vineyard Design and Vine Nutritional Management, March 4 at Clos de la Tech.  2:30 - 6:00.
    Our guest speaker: Paul Anamosa, Ph.D., Vineyard Soil Technologies in Napa (website here). Paul will talk about soil types, soil health, soil water retention - and the relationship to vine health.

    About Paul Anamosa:  Paul specializes in soil analysis, land evaluation for winegrape production, and vine nutritional disorders. He estimates that he has evaluated over 18,000 soil pits and interpreted the data from over 30,000 soil and grape leaf tissue samples in his 14 years working in California viticulture. He is familiar with the Santa Cruz Mountains and has consulted with vineyards in our region, including Clos de la Tech.
  •  The Sustainability Workshop Challenge, Saturday April 4 at Silver Mountain Vineyards, 9:00-12:00
    Learn more about best practices and apply them to your own vineyard. Join Jerold O'Brien of Silver Mountain in a working session that will take you through the California Sustainable Winegrowing workbook provided by the CSWA to assess what you are doing in your vineyard and learn how you can improve. As well, Jerold will give a tour and discuss the sustainable practices he has implemented at Silver Mountain, including composting, solar generation and energy efficiency, cover crop, rainwater harvesting and water conservation; and the certified organic vineyard. Hosted by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
  •  Tailgate at Storrs Vineyards, Corralitos, Saturday May 9, 10:00-12:00.
    Learn about the sustainable practices implemented at Storrs vineyards with a tour led by Steve and Pamela Storrs and Rich Casale of the NRCS. These practices include: drainage/runoff control, hedgerows, sheep grazing, wildlife-friendly practices including wildlife corridors and structures, rainwater harvesting; and other vineyard management and conservation practices, many designed and financed through the NRCS' EQIP program.

Membership Application

  •  Membership Application: Membership dues for 2015 are due at the beginning of the year.  Membership is open to those sharing an interest in viticulture in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Annual dues are $50 paid each calendar year.  Renewals should also include the membership application to convey any changes of information.

Latest News

  •  Santa Cruz Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2014, "Santa Cruz Mountains winegrowers expect smaller 2014 harvest after 2013 bumper crop."  by Donna Jones.  (also printed in the San Jose Mercury News).
  •  San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 6, 2013, "Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers can thank Mother Nature for this year's bountiful grape crop", by Shannon Burkey.
  •  Wines & Vines Magazine, 10.09.2013:  Coastal Wine Harvest is Early and Booming: Santa Cruz Mountains growers enjoy spectacular 2013 season, by Jane Firstenfeld.  Following what they are calling a "phenomenal growing season," most wine grape growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA just south of San Francisco are "totally jazzed about this year's vintage,"... see more here.
  •  The Santa Cruz Sentinel's Ag Almanac, May 19, 2013: story on our sustainable vineyard practices in the Santa Cruz Mountains, by Justine DaCosta.
  •   The Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2013: ad on SCM vineyards, sponsored by VASCM.  (Click on the thumbnail below to view full size.)

  •  Annual EQIP Funding through the NRCS:  Applications will come due toward the end of 2013.  Prior to the deadline you need to:
    • Fill out and sign a standard Request for Assistance form, and submit it to the county-appropriate NRCS representative listed below. This will initiate the scheduling of a site visit and resource assessment.
    • Then you will need to contact and meet with the USDA Farm Services Agency in Salinas to start the eligibility determination process. Contact Vivian Soffa, 831-424-1036, ext. 108

    There is EQIP funding in every CA county:

    • In Santa Cruz County:  Rich Casale, (831) 475-1967
    • In Santa Clara County contact Bob Rohde or Athena Pratt at (831) 637-4360.
    • In San Mateo County contact Jim Howard at (650) 726-4660.

    For more information about EQIP, read this program description provided by Rich Casale.

  •  The Santa Cruz Mountains is "the finest place within California to grow Pinot.  It is interesting to see such a small area have such an impact on this varietal."' - Scott Clemings, Epicurean Traveler, in a video interview at Pinot Paradise. See the interview on the VASCM YouTube Channel.



  •  New Sub-regions for the Santa Cruz Mountains:  VASCM has worked with AppellationAmerica.com on a series of tastings evaluating Santa Cruz Mountains wines produced from our vineyards, and in the process we have defined five subregions characterized by distinct flavor profiles.  They are: Skyline; Los Gatos/Saratoga; Summit; Los Ranchos (Hwy. 17 corridor to Santa Cruz); Corralitos/Pleasant Valley.  Read more about the subregions and their flavor profiles here.  Read more about the subregions and flavor profiles of the three varietals we evaluated -- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux -- on the AppellationAmerica.com website.

Members of the Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains (VASCM) are premium winegrape growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.  Meetings are held bi-monthly with topics that promote quality winegrape production.

Our Mission

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.

Association Profile

President: Mary Lindsay

Vice President: Rachel Ormes

Secretary: June Salsbury

Treasurer: Bruce Manildi

Past Presidents: Prudy Foxx, Bruce Manildi

Contact Information

Media Contact
Mary Lindsay
Postal address
P.O. Box 8092, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8092
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