Pruning Contest

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The Napa County Pruning Contest is a longstanding tradition honoring and recognizing Napa’s world-class vineyard workforce. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19, the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is unable to host the contest this year.

So, we are taking this opportunity to look back and highlight the past 19 years of precision, focus, and determination that Napa’s farmworkers have displayed year-over-year.

Looking Back

Thank you to Beringer Vineyards, Gamble Ranch - our host for 19 years (and counting!)

Past Champions Spotlight

Veronica Medina Reyes - 2019
Bayview Vineyards

“I would tell [future contestants] not to go with the mentality that they are going to win but to show up to represent how hardworking they are and how they perform their work in the vineyard.”

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Jesus Juarez - 2008
Moulds Family Vineyard

“Focus on doing a good job instead of working fast; quality is better than speed.”

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Araceli Marin - 2016

Walsh Vineyard Management

“When you start pruning, first you must look at your line - don’t go in right away. Look, stop, and try to do the best you can.”

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Maria Herlinda Romero - 2015

Walsh Vineyard Management

“The opportunity is there for everyone and everyone is capable, I’d say try, let no one think they can't or that somebody else is better, we are all good at something.”

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Manuel Téllez - 2020

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

"It is nice to participate among peers from different companies. It's good to see how each person works, and you don't lose anything by attending the Pruning Contest, and giving yourself a chance."

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Vineyard Manager Spotlight

Behind the champions, lies encouraging vineyard managers, setting examples in the vineyard for their employees. Read more about why, long-time participating Napa County vineyard managers, Roberto Juarez and Salvador Rios, motivate their teams to compete in the annual Napa County Pruning Contest! 

Roberto Juarez
Moulds Family Vineyards

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Salvador Rios
Usibelli Vineyards

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Looking Ahead: 20th Anniversary

Save the Date for 20th Anniversary of the Napa County Pruning Contest - February 5, 2022

Farmworker Foundation Sponsors

Distinguished Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Signature Sponsors

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