Winegrape Growers of America Elects New Leadership
The Winegrape Growers of America (WGA) elected officers during the 2017 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. last week. An annual event, the conference is produced jointly in partnership with WineAmerica.
Todd Newhouse was re-elected chairman, Peter Martini was re-elected vice chairman and Dave Barber was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
Newhouse is the owner of Upland Vineyards in Washington and immediate past board chair for the Washington Winegrowers Association. Martini is the vineyard manager for Anthony Road Wine Company in New York. Barber is a wine educator and certified wine judge who serves as the secretary and competition chairman for the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association.
Since 1978 WGA has represented the national winegrape growing industry and operates as the national lobbying arm of the industry. WGA provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among member states plus allows winegrape growers a voice on policy issues in important areas such as research, trade, ag statistics, immigration, clean plants, and pests and diseases.
The three-day policy conference attracted grape and wine industry leaders from across the country to share concerns about pressing public policy issues. Attendees represented wineries, vineyard operations and associations from nearly two dozen states.
WGA is a coalition of winegrape grower organizations representing the American production of grapes for wine.