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Growing Forward: Vineyard & Grower Virtual Conference

Join us for this FREE Virtual Conference on March 3rd

Growing Forward is a ½-day, online conference focused on preparing Grapegrowers for the year ahead. The conference will kick off with a session highlighting key takeaways from the 2020 California Crush report and consider potential implications for the 2021 bulk and grape market. Following, we’ll discuss Regenerative Farming: what makes it different—some say, superior—than other sustainable farming methods. The conference closes with a panel discussion examining the impact of last years’ west coast fires on grower contacts, crop insurance, and best practices for protecting your ag business in the years to come.

California Crush Report: Implications for 2021

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3rd – 9:00 AM (PT) 

The session, led by Glenn Proctor, partner of global wine and grape broker Ciatti Company, will present the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Annual Grape Crush Report and highlight the most important implications for wineries and growers for the upcoming harvest as well as the bulk wine market.

Todd Azevedo, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company
Johnny Leonardo, Broker / Ciatti Company
Greg Livengood, President, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company
Glenn Proctor, Partner / Ciatti Company
Chris Welch, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company






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Regenerative Farming: The Future for Grapegrowers?

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3rd – 10:00 AM (PT)

A deep-rooted agricultural practice has resurfaced in modern vineyards—regenerative farming. While not a new concept, the term is circulating within the wine industry, touted as a step above sustainable, organic, and even biodynamic viticulture. This session aims to define what regenerative agriculture in practice means in terms of grape growing, its benefit over other sustainable measures, and best practices for transitioning a vineyard.

Stacy Briscoe, Wine Journalist & Editor
Craig Camp, winegrower / Troon Vineyard
Paul Dolan, Co-Founder / Truett-Hurst Inc.
Jordan Lonborg, Viticulturist / Tablas Creek
Paul Skinner, President / Vineyard Investigations; Owner / Sequum Wines


Smoke Exposure: A Growers Perspective

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3rd – 11:00 AM (PT)

The 2020 harvest was a sad reminder that wildfires are an ongoing environmental hazard for California growers. Effects of fire and smoke damage extend out of the field as well: we’re now re-defining grower-producer contractual agreements; re-evaluating crop insurance decisions, and re-assessing what tests are needed—and available—to ensure quality fruit and wine. This session will look at all of the above and feature a panel of experts who will share their recommendations to the grape-growing community on how to evolve with the current climate and work toward a profitable future for your business.

Lise Asimont, Co-founder/Viticulturist
Dot Wines, LLC
David Balter, Partner Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Jeff Bitter, President / Allied Grape Growers
Brian Clements, Vice President / Turrentine Brokerage
John Trinidad, Partner
/ Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty


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