Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM PDT
Friday July 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM PDT


The Portola Hotel & Spa
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940



CAWG Staff
California Association of Winegrape Growers


Learn ~ Network ~ Grow

 July 20 - 22, 2016

Join us for the 5th Annual CAWG PAC Golf Tournament and the 5th Annual Awards of Excellence Program, both taking place on Wednesday, July 20, and the 2016 CAWG Annual Business Meeting & Speaker Program, taking place on Thursday, July 21.  The CAWG Board of Directors meeting will take place on Friday, July 22. 

Register today for the CAWG Summer Conference. Recognition, education and sportsmanship are on tap at the CAWG Summer Conference July 20 - 21 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey. 

To RSVP for the CAWG PAC Golf tournament or for the Awards of Excellence Program and Annual Meeting, please click on the registeration links below to register online.


If you would prefer to download, complete and return a form to the CAWG office, please click on the following links below. 

CAWG PAC Golf Tournament Brochure

Summer Conference Brochure & Sponsorship Opportunities

Summer Conference Timeline 

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 am – 3:00 pm: 5th Annual CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, Fundraiser & Awards

5:30 pm: 5th Annual Awards of Excellence Wine Reception

6:30 pm: 5th Annual Awards of Excellence Program & Dinner

Awards of Excellence Winners
CAWG is very pleased to announce this year’s Awards of Excellence
Winners. Please join us in celebrating their extraordinary achievements within the industry.
Special Guest: Congressman Sam Farr

Grower of the Year: Jeryl & Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches
Leader of the Year: Richard Smith, Smith Family Wines

Thursday, July 21
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast Available 

8:45 am – 12:00 pm: Speaker Program

8:50 am – 10:15 am: Achieving Quality in the Mechanized Vineyard: Now and in the Future

In recent years, California growers have struggled to cope with recurring labor shortages and escalating labor costs. Added to this, the state’s minimum wage is set to increase to $15 per hour by 2022. Consequently, growers who traditionally could rely on the availability of hand labor in the vineyard may no longer have the option. This session will explore current and future opportunities to mechanize and deliver on grape quality expectations at all price points.

Moderator:  Aaron Lange, LangeTwins


  • Hal Huffsmith, Trinchero Family Estates
  • Doug Beck, Monterey Pacific
  • James Kennedy, Ph.D. Constellation

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Protecting the Newly Established Vineyard from Viruses

Recent years have underscored the enormous challenge growers face in preventing the introduction and spread of harmful viruses into newly planted vineyards. This session will review the best available information and practices for protecting the young vineyard from detrimental viruses like Grapevine Leafroll-Associated Viruses and Red Blotch.

Moderator:  Aaron Lange, LangeTwins


  • Deborah Golino, Ph.D., Director Foundation Plant Services
  • Neil McRoberts, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
  • Garrett Buckland, Vice President, Premiere Viticultural Services 

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Wine Industry Networking Reception

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch and Annual Meeting 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Wine Market Updates and Trends

 This session will provide a timely and informative update on current market conditions and trends for winegrapes and wine. Our wine industry experts will provide their latest insights on winegrape supply, wine prices and key trends heading into the 2016 harvest.

Introductions: John Aguirre, CAWG


  • Jon Moramarco, Managing Partner, BW 166 LLC  
  • Jeff Bitter, Vice President of Operations, Allied Grape Growers
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Board of Directors Dinner
Friday, July 22
8:00 am - 3:00 pm: CAWG Board of Directors Meeting


CAWG has negotiated a discounted room rate of $209 at the Portola Hotel & Spa. The deadline to reserve a room at this discounted room rate is Tuesday, June 28. To make a hotel room reservation, please call the Portola directly or click on the link below. 

 Phone: (831) 232-0932

 Online: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2016CAWGSummerConference

 For event details and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jenny Devine-Smith in the CAWG office or call 916-379-8995.


California Association of Winegrape Growers ~ 1121 L Street, Suite 304, Sacramento, CA 95814 

916-379-8995 ~ info@cawg.org ~ www.cawg.org