Winegrape Commission’s Website Gets New Look

October 23, 2012 • Susan Stout – Contributing Writer

KELSEYVILLE – Have you visited the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s website, Screenshot of Lake County Winegrape Commission websitewww.lakecountywinegrape.org, since the new version launch in March? If not, you may be pleasantly surprised to find many new features, according to Commission Office Manager Susan Peters.

 In March, the Commission gave its website a new look, thanks to the help of Sky 1 Technologies. In the following months, Peters and Sky 1 owner/operator Matt Perry have been enhancing the site’s pages with “user-friendly” information.

At the time the recreated site went public, Winegrape Commission President Shannon Gunier said, “I think visitors to the site are going to enjoy the graphics and find the information they seek with ease. We are very happy with the site that Sky 1 Technologies has developed. It gives a little punch to the messages we are conveying and helps promote Lake County’s winegrape industry with an up-to-date appearance.”

The site now features the Commission’s most recent news releases, newsletters and forms, as well as wine industry news, said Peters. The “News and Events” portion of the site, including an area for media, has been greatly enhanced with links to recent news stories and videos. In addition, visitors to the site will find links to the Commission’s social media sites. “We would like the growers – all 168 of them – to ‘Like’ us on Facebook,” Peters added.

Growers can find useful forms online, can fill them in online and send them to the Commission office. Peters said she posts information from winegrape growers and wineries.

“We’ve also posted informative pieces on the Commission’s various programs and notices of the Board of Directors’ meetings. The vineyard map has been added, and one section of the website is dedicated to posting winegrapes for sale.”

Screenshot of interactive vineyard map

Scenic vineyard photos from throughout Lake County accompany the informative pages of the website. “We are proud to present incredible images by many professional photographers. They are talented individuals and deserve credit for their work,” said Commission President Gunier. Casey Carney, Bryan Dias and Hannah Henry are among the photographers who contributed pictures to the site.

According to website developer Perry, the Winegrape Commission had specific objectives in mind when it sought to redevelop the site’s pages. “The main purpose of the website was to give the Commission the ability to quickly add documents, media, calendar events to the site, in an easy to navigate layout that accommodates an area for growers, buyers, and public audiences,” Perry said. “The functionality of the website from the commission’s perspective is very powerful and will give them the ability to keep their growers and buyers informed and updated with the latest news and pictures.”

Gunier and Peters are happy with the way Perry worked with them to create a product that can continue to develop. “It is an ongoing project, and we’re able to add to the site directly from our office without going through a website manager,” said Peters, who is responsible for much of the website’s maintenance. “The public and our winegrape growers will find an abundance of helpful information in our web pages.”

For information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Gunier invites individuals to access the website on the Internet. It can be found at www.lakecountywinegrape.org. Gunier and her staff can also be reached by phone at 707-279-2633.

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