August 12, 2019

Sonoma County vineyard managers spend millions to build on-site housing for pickers

Vineyard manager Duff Bevill put the finishing touches last week on the bunkhouse he spent more than $1 million to build for guest workers eagerly awaiting the chance to pick grapes and earn U.S. dollars. At a cost of $28,000 per bed, the dormitory-style housing...

by Optirev in Duff Bevill
June 20, 2019

Sonoma Godfather of Sustainability

Bevill Vineyard Management Dedication to Sustainability From the article How Sonoma became America’s most sustainable wine region Another avid proponent of employee lodging is Duff Bevill, known locally as the “Godfather of Sustainability.” Bevill’s vineyard management company works with vineyards across the county to optimize operations...

by Optirev in Duff Bevill
September 27, 2018

Duff Bevill Named 2018 Sustainable Farmer by Sonoma County Harvest Fair and Sonoma County Winegrowers

Duff Bevill has been named the 2018 Sustainable Farmer by Sonoma County Harvest Fair and Sonoma County Winegrowers.

by cwells in Uncategorized
August 16, 2018

Grape harvest season kicks off on North Coast

Harvest kicked off early Wednesday in Sonoma and Napa counties, where workers fanned out in the cool, pre-dawn darkness to begin retrieving the region’s prized grape crop and transform it into some of the most coveted wines in the world. The first grapes mark the...

by ealao in Uncategorized
March 16, 2018

Vineyards As Firebreaks

When the phone rang at 11 p.m. on October 8 last year, Lyall and Karen Fahden did not yet smell smoke. A friend from nearby Calistoga had called to warn them that a fast-moving fire was heading toward their home and winery. They dressed quickly...

by ealao in Uncategorized
August 1, 2017

Labor Shortage Hangs Over Grape Growers

Where are the workers? Vineyard managers using more machines, temporary foreign workers…

by ealao in Uncategorized
July 11, 2017

Federal H2A Program on the Rise in Sonoma County

It’s the only option. There is no avenue to take to get labor to work in the fields,” said Duff Bevill. Read the full article courtesy of North Bay Business Journal.

by ealao in Uncategorized
October 11, 2016

All Eyes On Sonoma

Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) has long been advocating for the county’s winegrape growers, while educating the community on the importance of protecting and preserving Sonoma County as a winegrowing region. Now, in the third year of its ambitious five-year plan to have 100 percent of...

by ealao in Uncategorized
October 11, 2016

Mechanized Vineyards

Worker shortages, higher costs pushing adoption of new technology…

by ealao in Uncategorized
February 17, 2016

2015 Preliminary Grape Crush Report

NOVATO, CA — (Marketwired) — 02/10/16 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Preliminary Grape Crush Report for 2015 has been released. It is a critical barometer for the wine and grape industry, containing tons crushed and prices of wine grapes sold during the...

by ealao in Uncategorized