Posted in Press Releases on Feb 09, 2016
NAPA, CA (February 9, 2016) – This Thursday, February 11, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers will kick-off the three-part Sustainable Vineyard Practices Series (“SVP”), providing grapegrowers and industry professionals with the tools and practices they’ll need to navigate the 2016 growing season and avoid any pitfalls that Mother Nature, plant material, or the regulators may throw their way!
By Maria Sestito
YOUNTVILLE — “I already won because I’m here,” said Roberto Juarez (in Spanish) during the 15th annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Thursday at Beringer Vineyards’ Gamble Ranch. Out of the thousands of farmworkers in the Napa Valley, fewer than 100 were selected to participate in the pruning contest presented by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
Posted in Press Releases on Feb 04, 2016
NAPA, CA (February 4, 2016) – Under beautiful sunny skies, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ (NVG) Farmworker Foundation held its 15th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest. The industry’s best vineyard workers challenged each other’s art, skill, and speed at pruning Napa Valley vineyards. 85 men participated in the men’s division and 13 women competed in the women’s division.
By Cathy Huyghe
Farmworkers in Napa are the best-paid in their category locally, regionally, and nationally. That means a starting wage of $12 to $17 per hour, and the number becomes more favorable considering total compensation that includes benefits, vacation pay, holiday pay, and health insurance. Those are not the wages nor the framework for a migrant labor force, and the permanency of the large majority of Napa’s farmworkers distinguishes it from other winemaking regions of California.
Posted in Press Releases on Jan 25, 2016
NAPA, CA (January 25, 2016) - The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation will host the 15th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Thursday, February 4, 2016. This event highlights the skill and speed exhibited by those who work in Napa Valley’s vineyards - and in 2016, makes history with a celebration of the 15 years that this event has brought recognition, prizes, and tremendous pride to those who compete.