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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… Read more


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. Read more


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….. Read more


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
February 9, 2016

Trends in Agricultural Land and Lease Values

Sonoma County’s agricultural markets remained very similar to what was seen in the two previous years. 2014 saw strong demand and sales volume for commercial vineyard and vineyard estate properties of all sizes. This continued trend is a direct result of a strengthening economy, low...


by ealao in Uncategorized
February 2, 2016

California North Coast Water Tables Stable

While the West Coast drought has been catastrophic for grapegrowers in some areas of California, it has had little impact on vineyards in other parts of the state. Comparing data about groundwater tables in various California grapegrowing regions highlights how different conditions can be. Read...


by ealao in Uncategorized
January 27, 2016

Sonoma County Winegrowers get California’s highest environmental honor

The Sonoma County Winegrowers trade group has been awarded the state’s highest environmental honor for its work to make all of the county’s vineyards sustainable. Full article. Read more


by ealao in Uncategorized