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Innovation + Quality 2020 Announces Roger Boulton as Recipient of Lifetime Innovator Award

by Wine Business Monthly
January 22, 2020


NAPA, CA -- In honor of a lifetime spent dedicated to the pursuit of innovation and quality in the California wine industry, the Wine Business Monthly editorial team and the Innovation + Quality 2020 Advisory Board have named Roger Boulton, a mentor to two generations of winemakers and a leader in developing the “winery of the future,” their Lifetime Innovator Award winner. Boulton will be honored at IQ 2020.

The Innovator of the Year Award is presented at an awards ceremony each year to someone who has a lifetime of innovation in his/her body of work, has fostered innovation among other winemakers and organizations and has made a positive impact on the wine industry through his/her contributions. Members of the IQ Advisory Board voted for the recipient from nominees submitted by the Wine Business Monthly editorial staff. The first award in 2015 was given to Peter Mondavi Sr. Other past recipients include Clark Smith (2016), Jerry Lohr (2017), Paul Draper (2018) and Zelma Long (2019).

It is difficult to imagine the U.S. wine industry without professor Roger Boulton. Since 1976, when winemaking was just beginning its renaissance, Boulton has been a driving force in the Viticulture & Enology Department at the University of California, Davis. Two generations of V&E students have taken his classes on wine stability, winery design and distilled spirits production. For more than 20 years, students and working winemakers have used a major textbook for which he was the lead author as a trusted reference. To top it off, all V&E students since 2011 have learned hands-on winemaking and done research in the futuristic teaching winery that he designed.

Boulton has lectured widely about “the winery of the future” and got the rare opportunity to create such a facility when he led the design of Davis’s Teaching and Research Winery, which opened in 2011. It has been heralded as the most advanced and most sustainable winery in the world.

"It was his idea to make our winery the most sustainable winery in the world and pursue the goal of a LEED Platinum certified facility," said current V&E department chair David Block. He also helped with the fundraising toward that goal. "He created the vision for the Jackson Sustainable Winery Building with the goal of taking the most sustainable winery in the world off the grid for water and energy and capturing all of our carbon dioxide."

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In 2019, he transitioned to emeritus status at UC Davis after 43 years, making this an opportune time for the wine industry to publicly recognize his many contributions with the Lifetime Innovator Award.

Boulton will be presented with the Lifetime Innovator Award at IQ 2020, held Feb. 27, 2020 at the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, CA. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit Early-bird ticket pricing ends Feb. 2, 2020.

About IQ

Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2020 is the sixth annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. This premiere event will take place Feb. 27, 2020 at the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif.

This event is produced by Wine Business Monthly, the leading print publication for the wine industry, in partnership with Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa County Farm Bureau. For more information, visit

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