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2018 Organic Winegrowing Conference


Spottswoode Estate, 1902 Madrona Ave, St. Helena


8:00am - 4:00pm


The only event of its kind in the industry, NVG’s Organic Winegrowing Conference offers the wine industry first-hand insight and networking opportunities with industry leaders in organic and sustainable farming. Respected voices in research join forces with industry names synonymous with pioneering organic winegrowing to provide comprehensive insight and support on the details of organic and sustainable farming practices and increasing wine quality.

The 2018 Organic Winegrowing Conference will kick-off the day with a special keynote presentation at Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery.  Attendees will then be divided into 3 groups and rotate through 3 distinctive vineyard site visits.  There, presenters will discuss their unique farming challenges and how they combat them, composting, why they farm organically, and much more.  The conference will conclude at Spottswoode with a wine reception and opportunity to network and continue the day's discussions with presenters.

*Breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided.


7:30 am
Registration with coffee & pastries
8 am
Keynote Address
Growing Organically - the Lundberg Family Farms Story
Grant Lundberg, CEO, Lundberg Family Farms
9 am
Shuttle Departs for Vineyard Tours
9:30 am
Vineyard Tours

Organic Hillside Farming & Marketing
John Conover, Partner/General Manager, PlumpJack Winery
Andrew Opatz, Associate Vineyard Manager, David Pirio Vineyard Management

• Building a successful organic business
• Organic practices as a culture
• Marketing organic
• Challenges farming hillside organically

Site B: Frog's Leap Winery
Composting 101

Rory Williams, Assistant Winemaker & Assistant Vineyard Manager, Frog’s Leap Winery
• Building and tending a pile using winery waste
• Know what you’re looking at – analyzing your compost
• How to flip a compost pile
• Comparison of compost application methods

Site C: Wheeler Farms
Developing an Organic Site

Bart & Daphne Araujo, Proprietor, Wheeler Farms & Accendo Cellars
Steve Matthiasson, Partner, Premiere Viticulture & Matthiasson Wines
Miguel Luna, Partner, Silverado Farming Company

• Developing a site for organic farming
• Resistant rootstock
• Winery waste water recycling program
• Common “cop-outs” for not farming organically

2:45 pm
Wrap Up Discussion & Wine Reception
3:30 pm
Event Concludes

This program is partially funded by the USDA Risk Management Education Partnerships Program Grant

Thank you to our lunch sponsor!

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