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  • Napa Valley growers cite looming labor shortage and other vineyard challenges

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Oct 12, 2016

    By David Stoneberg

    A tight supply of vineyard workers, California’s new law mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees and climate change highlighted Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ harvest press conference Wednesday morning.

    “Labor is a hot topic right now. There is a shortage of people wanting to get into vineyard work,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist for the Silverado Farming Company.

    Given the labor situation, preserving the current workforce is “what we need to focus on — keeping them safe, healthy and happy and keeping them here,” she said.

    Michael Silacci, winemaker for Opus One, was more direct. “We feel vineyard workers are perhaps the most valuable resource we have, after the grapevine,” he said.

    Click here to read more at the St. Helena Star

  • Napa Valley Grapegrowers' 9th Annual Harvest STOMP Breaks the Record

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sep 01, 2016

    Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Harvest STOMP broke its own fund-raising record this past Saturday night, August 27, as the sold-out crowd of 575 people raised almost $1.3 million dollars net. This record highlights the popularity of the event, and the support it has generated.

    In its first 9 years, STOMP has enjoyed staggering success, with a 1,400% growth rate in funds raised since 2008. The event was held at the beautiful Regusci Ranch in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Grapegrowers, consumers, and locals looked out across vineyards and the western hills as they gathered to celebrate the 2016 harvest.

    Click here to read more at Wine Business

  • Harvest STOMP raises record $1.3 million

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sep 01, 2016

    Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Harvest STOMP broke its own fund-raising record this past Saturday night, as the sold-out crowd of 575 people netted almost $1.3 million.

    In its first 9 years, STOMP has been successful, with a 1,400 percent growth rate in funds raised since 2008, sponsors reported.

    Click here to read more at Napa Valley Register

  • Are Drones The Future Of Winemaking In Napa Valley?

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Aug 31, 2016

    By Cathy Huyghe

    Oscar Renteria of Renteria Vineyard Management knows that a labor shortage isn’t just pending at some point in the future. It’s already upon him. Here are two realities about the difficulty of growing grapes in the Napa Valley: the farming itself, and finding people to do the farming.

    Click here to read more at Forbes

  • Record attendance at Día de la Familia

    Posted in NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Aug 01, 2016

    A record 2,000-plus Napa County farmworkers and their families attended the fifth annual Día de la Familia hosted by Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sunday. This one-of-a-kind annual street festival celebrates Napa Valley’s farmworkers and their families and the vital role they play in the community

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register