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Announcements from the Lake County Winegrape Commission

Lake County Winegrape Harvest Gets Underway with Its Flagship White: Sauvignon Blanc
August 28, 2019. The 2019 Lake County winegrape harvest is underway and growers in the high-elevation winegrowing region are once again pleased with this year’s growing conditions and optimistic about the grape quality. Many of the region’s growers and vineyard managers are anticipating an earlier-than-normal harvest, which was unexpected given the region’s wet spring and relatively cool early season temperatures. Read More

UC Davis, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Duarte Nursery Launch Industry’s Largest Cabernet Sauvignon Rootstock x Clonal Trial in Red Hills Lake County
August 19, 2019. The University of California Davis, Beckstoffer Vineyards and Duarte Nursery together have launched the wine industry’s most ambitious Cabernet Sauvignon rootstock and clonal trial in the Red Hills of Lake County. The industry-driven trial – Climate Smart Solutions for Cabernet Sauvignon Production – comprises 3,600 vines encompassing 10 rootstocks and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon clones and is expected to deliver comprehensive, meaningful data on growing Cabernet Sauvignon to benefit the entire industry for the next two decades. Read More

Crop Insurance Seminar To Be Held January 8, 2019
December 19, 2018. A seminar for Lake and Mendocino County winegrape growers will be held on January 8, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Lodge at Blue Lakes in Upper Lake, California. The purpose of the seminar is to provide information to winegrape growers that are interested in learning how crop insurance can lower farming risk. Read More

Lake County Winegrape Growers Focus Post-Fire Relief Efforts On Research
November 15, 2018. With an increase in the number and duration of large wildfires, the California wine industry is working together to explore ways to combat the effect of smoke exposure and fire damage on winegrapes and wine. Industry leaders in Lake County, a region that has experienced multiple devastating wildfires in recent years, are leveraging data gathered in the most recent wildfire as a means to find solutions that will help wineries and grape growers minimize the impact from these natural disasters. Read More

Lake County Wine Industry Status Update: Limited Impact of the Mendocino Complex Fire to the Wine Region
August 16, 2018. Since August 2, 2018, the active fire perimeter of the Mendocino Complex Fires shifted into remote forest wildlands around 15 to 30 miles north of Lake County vineyards. Additionally, as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018, thousands of residents were able to return to their homes as evacuation orders lifted for most Lake County towns. Lake County winegrape growers are glad to see people back in their homes and back to work, striving for normalcy on all accounts.  Read More

Mendocino Complex Fire Status Report: Impact to Lake County Wine Industry
August 2, 2018. According to CALFIRE, as of Thursday morning, containment for the Mendocino Complex Fire reached 39 percent. The complex includes two wildland fires, which both began the afternoon of July 27, 2018, in Mendocino County and moved into Lake County. Lake County winegrape growers are committed to the highest quality fruit. At this time, only a few growing areas are just beginning to experience veraison. Growers in the impacted area are proactively monitoring the status of their vines and will be testing their fruit over the coming days. Read More

What do a 19th Century Actress, Teddy Roosevelt and a Volcano Have in Common?
June 20, 2018. The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) and Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) have launched a new website highlighting Lake County wine country. is an educational resource for both wine trade and consumers, who wish to discover and educate themselves on this up-and-coming region. Elements of this new educational resource include specifics on what makes the area unique for grape growing, as well as in-depth information on the geology, climate and people of the area. Read More

Sauvignon Blanc Experience Attracts Attention of the Wine Industry
May 25, 2018. The Lake County Winegrape Commission today announced that the Sauvignon Blanc Experience, which took place over two days in early May, exceeded its goals for attendance and featured an impressive lineup of speakers, wine brands and wine-growing regions around the globe.  The Sauvignon Blanc Experience included an International Symposium, which coincided with International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 4, and a consumer-oriented Grand Tasting on May 5.  Read More

Master Vigneron Academy Class of 2017
December 15, 2017. In 2017, the Master Vigneron Academy® (MVA) graduated its sixth class, awarding 14 students with the credential of Master VigneronCM. To date, 61 vineyard managers and supervisors have completed the year-long Spanish-language program, gaining insight into many aspects of the wine industry and bringing valuable skills back to their employers. The Master Vigneron Academy is the first of its kind anywhere. Created in 2012 by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, the MVA program remains ahead of the curve in recognizing that the key to quality winegrapes and sustainable practices is the professionalism of those in the vineyard. Read More

Agriculture Labor Management Seminar: November 6 & 7, 2017
October 24, 2017. The Lake County Winegrape Commission is presenting a seminar for Spanish-speaking supervisors and managers working in the agriculture industry. The seminar takes place November 6 and 7, 2017 at The Lodge at Blue Lakes in Upper Lake, California. The purpose of the two-day seminar, which is conducted in Spanish and offered every other year, is to provide up-to-date information on topics that are especially pertinent to ag managers in the region. The long-term goal of this and similar seminars presented by the Commission is to cultivate a professional workforce in the local ag industry. Read More

2016: An Outstanding Year for Lake County Wines
December 29, 2016. Awareness of Lake County as a source of high-quality wine is clearly on the rise, according to the Lake County Winery Association and Lake County Winegrape Commission, which noted a significant number of 90+ ratings for Lake County wines released in 2016. “This year may be the ‘tipping point,’” said Terry Dereniuk, Executive Director of the Lake County Winery Association. “We’ve never seen this level of attention, from critics as well as consumers. Today, Lake County wines stand on their own, appearing regularly on retailers’ shelves and restaurant wine lists as both sellers and buyers recognize the quality of these outstanding wines.” Read More

Momentum 2016 Explores Impact & Opportunities for Lake County Sauvignon Blanc
April 14, 2016. Sauvignon Blanc was an important area of focus at Momentum 2016, Lake County’s annual wine industry seminar which took place at the Soper-Reese Theater in Lakeport on Wednesday, April 6. The sold-out event featured a lineup of prestigious speakers and industry luminaries, who took stock of the market for Lake County–grown winegrapes and offered insight into trends and opportunities for Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals grown in this part of California’s North Coast wine region. Read More

Speakers Announced for Momentum 2016 Wine Industry Seminar
March 7, 2016. The Lake County Winegrape Commission has announced a prestigious lineup of speakers for Momentum 2016, the annual wine industry seminar for Lake County winegrape growers, wineries, and individuals interested in the industry. It will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport. Read More

#LakeCountyRising Issues First Distribution Checks
October 22, 2015. Organizers of the #LakeCountyRising fundraising effort report they have begun distributing funds from its Fire Relief Fund with the first round of giving designed to support the needs of youth in the impacted communities. The organization has been working directly with community leaders to help identify some of the most pressing community needs and funding gaps. Read More

Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture Awards Specialty Crop Block Grant to LCWC
October 21, 2015. The Lake County Winegrape Commission has been awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for $302,523 to support an 18-month long project designed to promote Lake County winegrapes and wines to key audiences as a means to increase demand for Lake County wines and prices paid for Lake County winegrapes. Read More

#LakeCountyRising Fundraising Effort Reaches $275,000 in 12 Days
October 2, 2015. Organizers of the #LakeCountyRising fundraising effort report that approximately $275,000 has been raised in the first 12 days since launching the campaign, which was created to support rebuilding efforts in the communities devastated by the Valley Fire. Read More

Beckstoffer Vineyards Contributes $50k to #LakeCountyRising
September 21, 2015. Beckstoffer Vineyards today announced its donation of $50,000 to the #LakeCountyRising fundraising campaign. “We’re part of the community,” said Andy Beckstoffer, founder, chairman, and owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards. “We have major vineyard holdings in Lake County, and many of our people live in Lake County…” Read More

Lake County Winery and Vineyard Associations Announce Relief Effort
September 18, 2015. In response to the devastating Valley Fire, three leading organizations that represent wineries and vineyard owners in Lake County have announced plans to lead a fundraising drive – #LakeCountyRising – to help those affected by the Valley Fire… Read More

Valley Fire Status Report: Impact to Lake County Wine Industry
September 16, 2015. As of Wednesday morning, the Valley Fire has burned 70,000 acres with 30 percent containment. Nearly 2,800 firefighters from around the state are gaining ground on the fire in wet and drizzly conditions. Many local growers and wineries have been surveyed on the impacts of the fire, and it is estimated that 85 percent of Lake County’s vineyards have not been affected by the fire… Read More

Valley Fire Status Report: Impact to Lake County Wine Industry
September 14, 2015. We are saddened by the terrible fire and losses in the Lake County community. Our thoughts go out to all who have lost so much in the Valley Fire. We are grateful for the brave work being done by firefighters and all other first responders to keep our residents safe, and for the tireless efforts of the hundreds of volunteers helping to assist those displaced by the fire… Read More

Rocky Fire Status Report: Impact to Lake County Wine Industry
August 4, 2015. On behalf of Lake County’s grape growers, the Commission wishes to convey sincere gratitude to the firefighters battling the blaze and concern for those who have been displaced or lost homes, pets, or livestock… Read More

Rocky Fire Status Report: Impact to Lake County Wine Industry
August 3, 2015. Since late last week, the Lake County Winegrape Commission has been in consultation with the Lake County Office of Emergency Services (Lake County OES), CalFIRE, Lake County Winery Association, and several local grapegrowers as a means to identify impacts to the local wine and winegrape industry… Read More

Commission Showcases Region’s Wines and Winegrape Growers
May 22, 2015. The Lake County Winegrape Commission concluded a successful trade event intended to bring greater awareness to the region’s winegrape growers and wineries. Guests participated in an immersive experience that included a tour of several distinguished vineyards, two extensive tastings with multiple flights showcasing Lake County-appellated wines and a presentation that examined the unique character, breadth and quality of Lake County winegrapes and wines… Read More

Lake County Wine Industry Builds Momentum with Seminar Series
March 25, 2015. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural series of seminars, this annual half-day event will focus on the market demand for Lake County winegrapes and wines.  The afternoon will kick off with a keynote… Read More

Lake County 2014 Winegrape Harvest Wraps Up
October 23, 2014. Winegrape producers throughout Lake County have completed a “fast and furious” harvest yielding flavorful berries that match or exceed the high quality of recent years… Read More

Lake County 2013 Winegrape Harvest Record Figures Buck the State Trend
March 26, 2014. Lake County’s viticultural region experienced the greatest increase in harvested winegrapes in California last year when statewide totals showed another year of record harvested tons for grapes… Read More

Crop Report Shows Increase in Lake County Winegrape Value and Production
September 6, 2013. An increase in Lake County winegrape tons per acre and overall value contributed to a boost in the gross value of the county’s overall agriculture production last year, according to the 2012 Lake County Crop Report… Read More

Lake County Winegrape Commission Board Seated
July 10, 2013. Lake County winegrape growers recently re-elected three members to the Lake County Winegrape Commission Board of Directors. Peter Molnar, Obsidian Ridge Vineyards; David Weiss, Bella Vista Farming; and Buz Dereniuk, Catspaw Vineyard; were chosen by Lake County winegrape growers to continue to serve on the Board… Read More

Labor Management in Agriculture Session Postponed
January 31, 2013. The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is honored to bring author, mediator, and teacher extraordinaire, Gregorio Billikopf to Lake County for a two-day, specialized training seminar “Cultivating Personnel Productivity”… Read More

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USDA Disaster Assistance Seminar 3:30 pm
USDA Disaster Assistance Seminar @ Kelseyville Event Center (Senior Center)
Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced availability of disaster assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). WHIP+ will provide “disaster payments to producers to offset losses from hurricanes, wildfires,[...]