U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit West June 6-7, 2019 | Sonoma County, California

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Sonoma for the inaugural U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit!
We hope you can join us next year for Summit East in New York! (Date and location TBD - please check back soon)

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Who: A gathering of regional winery and vineyard associations, engaged grower and vintner leaders, and others committed to the sustainability of their local vineyards, wineries and regions.

What: Learn some of the driving forces behind consumers’ and wine buyers’ increasing interest in sustainable winegrowing.  Hear from programs around the country who have embraced sustainability and the many benefits for their region’s growers and vintners. Be inspired with new ideas on how to bring sustainability education and outreach to your region’s vineyards and wineries. 

Why: Together we can enhance the sustainability of all U.S. vineyards and wineries and credibly communicate the nationwide commitment to a global audience.

AGENDA From 2019 Summit West:


Day 1: Thursday, June 6, 2019

2:00 pm    Afternoon Sustainable Winery and Vineyard Tour, leaves from Flamingo Resort

                 2:30   Benziger Family Winery Tour & Tasting

                 4:15   St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Tour

                 5:30   Arrive Flamingo Resort

6:00pm    Welcome Reception, Flamingo Resort and Spa, Santa Rosa. Wine & hors d’oeuvres

7:00pm    Dinner, Keynote Speaker:  Global Sustainability Trends, Lulie Halstead, Wine Intelligence

Day 2: Friday, June 7, 2019

Location: MacMurray Estate Vineyards, 9015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | 8:30am-3:00pm 

8:30 am               Summit Welcome, Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

8:50 am               Value of Sustainability: Perspectives from Outside the Industry

Moderator: Jeff Dlott, President & CEO, SureHarvest


          • Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
          • Tamara Muruetagoiena, Senior Global Program Manager, R&D, Driscoll’s

9:45 am               Consumer Perceptions on Sustainable Winegrowing, Lulie Halstead, Chief Executive, Wine Intelligence 

                            Wine Intelligence US Sustainability Research_ Summit West June 2019

10:30 am             Break

10:50 am             Trade Interest in Sustainable Wine Panel

                            Moderator: Nancy Light, Vice President Communications, Wine Institute


          • Rodrigo Maturana, VP, Marketing & International Business, Fetzer Vineyards
          • Fred Swan, Wine Writer and Educator, San Francisco Wine School
          • Mike Taylor, Director of Adult Beverage Operations, Nugget Market

11:45 am            Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Role of Sustainability in California Agriculture, Secretary Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture

1:00 pm              Value of Sustainability: Perspectives from Growers and Vintners Panel

                           Moderator: John Aguirre, President, California Association of Winegrape Growers


          • Mimi Casteel, Co-Owner and Director, Bethel Heights Vineyard (Oregon)
          • Kevin Corliss, VP of Vineyards, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Washington)
          • Rich Olsen-Harbich, Winemaker, Bedell Cellars (New York)
          • Nate Weis, Director of Winemaking, Silver Oak (California)

 2:00 pm            Sustainable Winegrowing Programs - Lessons Learned and the Path Forward Panel

                          Moderator: Cliff Ohmart, Ohmart Consulting Services


          • Whitney Beaman, Program Manager, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing
          • Lisa Francioni-Hai, Program Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
          • Julie Brezicha, Engagement Manager, Washington Winegrowers
          • Chris Serra, Executive Director, LIVE

2:55 pm             Wrap-up                              

3:00 pm             Adjourn


Sponsorship Opportunities are available for companies and organizations that provide services and products to vineyards and wineries aiming to improve their sustainability. View 2019 Opportunities at: U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit_Sponsorship Opportunities 2019

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