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Vineyard climatologist to speak August 7 in Walla Walla
by Press Release
July 10, 2019

 Walla Walla, Wash. – July 10, 2019 – The Institute for Enology & Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will present a free public lecture by world-renown vineyard climatologist Gregory V. Jones, Ph.D., on Weds., August 7, at 7 p.m. He will discuss “Grapes and Wine: Structure, Suitability, and Sustainability in a Changing Climate” at WWCC’s Health Sciences and Performing Arts Center, 535 Campus Loop.

This event is designed for anyone interested in wine: winery and vineyard owners and employees, tasting room and restaurant staff, enology and viticulture students and graduates, beverage wholesalers/retailers, wine consumers and others.

Dr. Jones is the Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality. Also, he conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in the Northwest and many regions worldwide; has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations; and published extensively on climate and wine-related research.

His teaching and research interests include meteorology, climatology, hydrology, and agriculture; phenology of plant systems; biosphere and atmosphere interactions; climate change; and quantitative methods in spatial and temporal analysis. Dr. Jones holds a doctorate degree from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences, with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences. His dissertation was on the climatology of viticulture in Bordeaux, France, with a focus on the spatial differences in grapevine phenology, grape composition and yield, and the resulting wine quality.

Dr. Jones has been in the top 100 most influential people in the American wine industry in 2012, 2013, and 2018 (, and named in the Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders in Wine Business Monthly in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Recently he was bestowed with the Honorary Confrade with the Rank of Infanção (Nobleman) from the Confraria do Vinho do Porto for his work with the Portuguese wine industry.

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