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Napa Valley at the Forefront of Sustainable Vineyard Practices and Wine Quality

by Press Release
February 09, 2016

NAPA, CA (February 9, 2016) - This Thursday, February 11, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers will kick-off the three-part Sustainable Vineyard Practices Series ("SVP"), providing grapegrowers and industry professionals with the tools and practices they'll need to navigate the 2016 growing season and avoid any pitfalls that Mother Nature, plant material, or the regulators may throw their way.

SVP Part One on February 11 will explore the latest technology in vineyard spraying, from current research results to practical uses, such as advanced, affordable spray systems that optimize applications and advanced irrigation design. Part Two on Wednesday, March 2 will focus on pests and diseases, specifically the most recent Bacteriophage research being done as an approach to control the North Coast's recent reemergence of Pierce's Disease - and how to combat powdery mildew and trunk diseases. Lastly, Part Three on Wednesday, April 13 will address vine physiology and nutrition. An overview of modern approaches to grapevine mineral nutrition will be covered, followed by a discussion on understanding fruit nutrient content during harvest.

The series boasts a collective of the top minds in research: Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University; Dr. Stuart Styles of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Dr. Carlos Gonzalez of Texas A&M University; Dr. Doug Gubler of University of California, Davis; Dr. Markus Keller of Washington State University; Robin Rosetta of Oregon State University Extension; Dr. Heping Zhu of USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit; and Randall Zondag of Ohio State University

Now in its sixth year, the Sustainable Vineyard Practices Series has consistently sold out and been praised by the industry as one of the most informative events of the year, keeping the Napa Valley at the global forefront of sustainability and progressive viticultural practices.

To register for the event and a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.napagrowers.org or phone (707) 944.8311.

About Napa Valley Grapegrowers

NVG is a non-profit trade organization that has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley's reputation as a world-class viticultural region for 41 years. Its mission is to preserve and promote Napa Valley's world-class vineyards. NVG represents over 690 Napa County grapegrowers and associated businesses. For more information, visit www.napagrowers.org.

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