Summer 2021 – We are well into the vintage and it’s looking good
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Friday, Jan. 22, 3:00pm (on Zoom): Weed Management, with John Roncoroni, UCCE Weed Science Farm Advisor
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For more information on meetings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Aug. 11: Free UC webinar on Grape Powdery Mildew
UC’s IPM program is holding a free webinar Aug. 11, 1-3pm on Grape Powdery Mildew Management and Challenges. Register in advance at the link here .
In this webinar, various speakers from UC and UCCE will discuss the biology and ID of powdery mildew, history of sulfur use, formulations, mode of application, and role in resistance management, air assisted sprayer settings, air induction nozzles, and using spray cards to assess coverage, the effect of certain weather conditions on drift, powdery mildew fungicide resistance and more.
– Lynn Wunderlich, UCCE Farm Advisor, Central Sierra
– Mark Battany, UCCE Water Management and Biometerology Advisor, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
– Larry Bettiga, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
– Dr. Gabriel Torres, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor, Tulare and Kings Counties
– Dr. Akif Eskalen, Plant Pathologist, UC Cooperative Extension
October 18 – Nov. 30: Sustainable Ag Expo
The Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Ag Expo this year will be a combination of virtual and in-person gatherings spanning 6 weeks from Oct. 18-Nov. 30. More info and registration here.
Online programs include:
– vine mealybug management
– controlling grapevine trunk diseases
– managing soil health, and more
- - - - - - - Feb. 10: Free Webinar from Enartis - A Vintage Defined by Heat Waves, a Tool to Improve Vineyard Resiliency
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_______________ 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 Visit sustainablewinegrowing.org/summit for more details and registration or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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!