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alifornia's wine grape cultivation began in El Dorado County even before the Gold Rush of 1849. Topography, soils and altitudes in our area create varied microclimates consistent with the best known grape growing regions of the world. The premium grapes grown in these settings are ideally suited for diversification of wine product lines, unique offerings to wine clubs, or differentiation in today's competitive marketplace.

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Join the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers and you will receive all the benefits membership brings. We have monthly meeting to discuss current issues and best practices. We have special guests at the meeting that help all growers learn and become better farmers.

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Upcoming Events

 

EL DORADO WINE GRAPE GROWERS ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

February 21, 2018
Veteran's Hall, 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville CA 95667

Meeting of the Members
6:00 -
Wine social and sign-in - bring a glass and a bottle of wine to share if you'd like
6:30 -
Announcements
7:00 -
Featured Speaker: Lise Asimont, VinSense CEO and Viticulturist

Tech to the Rescue: Sustainability and Quality Through Technology
Lise Asimont, CEO and Viticulturist of VinSense, will be our special guest speaker on Wednesday, February 21. Lise will discuss how wine grape growing has become more challenging in this environment of labor shortages and climate change. Understanding the implications of climate change on your vineyard and what cultural practices you need to mitigate this can be difficult, especially with less labor availability. Technology can assist with monitoring, measuring critical metrics, and even with the analysis and digestion of this important information.  Embracing tech to whatever degree is possible for you, can help you to improve final wine quality and increase your sustainability.

About Lise: She graduated with a degree in anthropology from Saint Mary's College in California and received her master's of science from UC Davis in environmental horticulture with a specialization in viticulture. Her first job in the industry was at Cambria Winery in Santa Maria where as the assistant vineyard manager she helped to oversee 2,000 acres of premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Lise next joined Geyser Peak Winery as the grower relations representative covering vineyards all over California. For the last several years she worked for Francis Ford Coppola Winery where she was instrumental in helping to build and establish their California and Sonoma County-based programs including securing their certified sustainability status. She worked with over 200 growers throughout California to pull them into the winery's sustainability program.

In 2017, Lise joined the VinSense team as their CEO and is looking forward to bringing a new and pertinent technology to the American wine grape industry and perennial agriculture to assist growers with more informed growing decisions and greater sustainability. She is adjunct faculty for the viticulture department at the Santa Rosa Junior College and serves as the chair of the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium program development committee. In addition, she is a member of the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Managing LLC board, serves on the board of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and serves on the Sonoma County Winegrape Growers' Sustainability Committee.

Please join us on February 21, to hear about this new technology and offer Lise a warm El Dorado County welcome.

 

 

 

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Shaker Ridge grows Barbera and Primitivo and 5 Portugese varietals. Our 1/2 acre "Quinta" planting of Portugese varietals is proportioned to yield a balanced traditional "Port" style wine. We are a small family-run vineyard focused on quality and serving the needs of our clients. Our gently sloping site with good air drainage and exposure consistently ripens our grapes while still retaining the mineral qualities typical of El Dorado fruit. Whether you need 10 tons or a few hundred pounds please see our website for current availability.

Current Downloads Available!

Here are some downloads available from recent EDWGGA presentations

Stan Grant's Presentation On Cane Pruning

John Roncoroni's Presentation Weed Control Options For Vineyards

The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association is committed to helping growers to improve quality and market visibility of wine grapes grown in El Dorado County.

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