Sustainable Winegrowing with the Vineyard Team brings you the latest in science and research for the wine industry. This on-the-go, sustainable farming educational resource provides in-depth technical information on topics like integrated pest management, fruit quality, water conservation, and nutrient management from experts like Dr. Mark Fuchs of Cornell University, Dr. Michelle Moyer of Washington State University, Cooperative Extension Specialists, veteran growers, and more. Our podcasts will help you make smarter, sustainable vineyard management decisions to increase efficiency, conserve resources, and maximize fruit quality.

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"It is obvious that the Vineyard Team  podcasts are peer to peer as they are concise, relevant, trustworthy and about the length of time it takes to get between different vineyards,  so we can get back to the real business of drinking wine." Greg Pennyroyal | Vineyard Manager Wilson Creek Winery | Professor of Viticulture Mount San Jacinto College


  • 49: Stopping the Spread of Red Leaf Viruses
    Dec 6, 2018
    Dr. Kari Arnold talks about Grapevine Leaf Roll-associated Virus 3, its vector the vine mealybug, and how growers can manage the spread of viruses both within and between vineyards.
  • 48: Creek Restoration and Vineyards
    Nov 15, 2018
    Jean-Pierre Wolff, Owner & Vintner of Wolff Vineyards, talks about how restoring the creeks around his vineyard created steelhead trout habitat and prevented losing his land to erosion.
  • 47: Fungicide Resistance in the Vineyard
    Nov 1, 2018
    Walt Mahaffee, Ph.D., Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Corvalis explains how and why Grape Powdery Mildew populations become resistant to certain fungicides.
  • 46: Viticultural Research in Australia
    Oct 18, 2018
    Dr. Michael McCarthy, Principal Scientist-Viticulture, South Australia Research and Development Institute, PIRSA, describes viticultural research in Australia.
  • 45: Surface Water Quality Preservation
    Oct 4, 2018
    Sarah Lopez, Executive Director of Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc., gets into the details of checking water quality to comply with regulations through cooperative monitoring.
  • 44: Pesticides: Violations and Pesticide Container Recycling
    Sep 20, 2018
    Marc Lea, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, San Luis Obispo County Ag and Lottie Martin, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office talk about using pesticides safely and recycling pesticide containers.
  • 43: Regenerative Development
    Sep 6, 2018
    Josh Prigge, Founder and CEO of Sustridge, a sustainability consulting firm, talks about the ways he has helped his former employers and current clients improve the sustainability of their organizations to not only reduce their environmental impacts, but to work toward regenerative ways of doing business.
  • 42: Farming with Wildlife
    Aug 16, 2018
    Vineyard Manger Lucas Pope describes how he farms 281 acres of winegrapes situated on a 2,000+ ranch of undisturbed oak woodland where he and his team regularly come across deer, coyotes, mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.
  • 41: Taking Care of Your Employees
    Aug 2, 2018
    Betsey Nash, owner of Nash HR Services, brings the listener up to speed on best hiring practices, HR regulations and HR best practices.
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  • 40: The Fight Against Pierce’s Disease
    Jul 19, 2018
    Steve McIntyre, Owner, Monterey Pacific Inc. and Board Member, Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board talks about the PD/GWSS Board, its function, and how the board works to reduce the impacts and spread of this disease.
  • Bonus Episode: PG&E Rebates and Incentives Programs
    Jul 12, 2018
    Tom Lorish, Senior Customer Relationship Manager, describes multiple Pacific Gas & Electric Company programs and rebates to put money into growers’ pockets.
  • 39: Saving Water, Saving Energy, Saving Money
    Jul 5, 2018
    Tom Lorish, Senior Customer Relationship Manager, describes some of the ways the Pacific Gas & Electric Company can help growers increase the efficiency of how they use electricity on their farms- especially when it comes to irrigation.
  • 38: Communication in the Workplace
    Jun 21, 2018
    Beth Wonson, Founder & CEO of Beth Wonson and Company shares her wisdom about communication in the workplace.
  • 37: New Methods for Estimating Vineyard Yield_Part 2
    Jun 7, 2018
    Jackie Dresser, Viticulture Extension Support Specialist at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program talks about her work on improving the accuracy of vineyard yield estimates.
  • 36: New Methods for Estimating Vineyard Yield_Part 1
    May 17, 2018
    Jackie Dresser, Viticulture Extension Support Specialist at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program talks about her work on improving the accuracy of vineyard yield estimates.
  • 35: Integrated Pest Management in Sustainably Farmed Vineyards
    May 3, 2018
    Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos describes some of the techniques he uses in his vineyards for managing vineyard pests.
  • 34: How to Maintain Good Neighbor Relationships
    Apr 19, 2018
    Marc Lea, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner of County of San Luis Obispo and George Donati, General Manager, Pacific Vineyard Company, talk about the dynamics of ag-urban conflicts and how to maintain good relationships.
  • 33: Sustainable, Lake Friendly Farming in Michigan with WaterFire Vineyards
    Apr 4, 2018
    Growing grapes in Michigan is fraught with challenges, from sub-zero temperatures in the winter to high humidity in the summer. Chantal Lefevbre of WaterFire Vineyards talks about how she manages her vineyards in a sustainable way despite these challenges.
  • 32: Conserving Irrigation Water
    Mar 15, 2018
    Irrigation is just one of many things on a grower’s mind on any given day. To help growers conserve irrigation water in vineyards, Vineyard Team has launched a project to investigate how growers make decisions to adopt agricultural water BMPs.
  • 31: Triple Certification at Ampelos Cellars
    Mar 1, 2018
    Peter Work - Owner, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager of Ampelos Cellars - recounts how becoming a certified organic vineyard led to becoming Demeter® biodynamic certified and eventually Sip Certified®.
  • 30: Managing the Landscape Around the Vineyard
    Feb 15, 2018
    Lino Bozzano, Vice President of Vineyard Operation at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, describes how he uses goats and sheep to protect and improve the estate.
  • 29: Worker Protection Standard - 2018
    Feb 1, 2018
    Amy Wolfe, President/CEO of AgSafe, discusses changes to the Worker Protection Standard including worker training, decontamination, and emergency response training.
  • 28: Understanding Soil Health
    Jan 18, 2018
    This podcast is an excerpt from the talk Dr. Charlotte Decock delivered at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo on understanding soil health - what soil health is, how to increase it, and how to measure it.
  • 27: 50 Years of IPM
    Jan 4, 2018
    This podcast is an excerpt of the talk Dr. Pete Goodell delivered at the 2016 Sustainable Ag Expo on the history of IPM and what IPM is as a philosophy and practice.
  • 26: Controlling Mealybug Vectors of Grapevine Viruses
    Dec 21, 2017
    This podcast is an excerpt of the talk Dr. Kent Daane delivered at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo on which insecticides are best for controlling mealybug.
  • 25: Under-Vine Cover Crops
    Dec 7, 2017
    Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel, Associate Professor of Viticulture at Cornell University, explains how growing cover crops in the vine row can devigorate vines and protect water quality.
  • 24: Measuring Water and Nitrogen Use
    Nov 16, 2017
    Paul Crout, Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist at Vineyard Professional Services explains why keeping records of water and Nitrogen use in the vineyard is important and how to use that information to best manage your crop.
  • 23: The SmartFarm Project
    Nov 2, 2017
    Chandra Krintz, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, University of California Santa Barbara explains how scientists and engineers are working on a computer system that will help farmers make better decisions using data analytics.
  • 22: Farm Labor Shortage
    Oct 19, 2017
    Many factors influence the number of people coming to the U.S. to work including the cost and danger of crossing the border and improved economic conditions in Mexico.
  • 21: Investing in Sustainable Ag Research
    Oct 5, 2017
    Stacie Clary, Communications Manager for Western SARE discusses the program and some of its many successes from funding grower-lead projects to find sustainable solutions to agricultural problems.
  • 20: Dr. Mark Fuchs | Red Blotch Virus in Grapevines
    Sep 21, 2017
    Dr. Marc Fuchs researches the biology and ecology of the Grapevine Red Blotch associated Virus.
  • 19: Healthy Soils Program
    Sep 7, 2017
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture funds implementation, research, and demonstration of farming practices that capture and reduce greenhouse gasses through the Healthy Soils Program.
  • Next Steps in Grape Sampling Episode 18
    Aug 17, 2017
    Justine Vanden Heuvel explains how computer algorithms can tell growers where to sample in the vineyard by analyzing digital images saving time and money.
  • New Discoveries about Sour Rot Episode 17
    Aug 3, 2017
    The research of Megan Hall and others has advanced our knowledge of the etiology, epidemiology, and management of sour rot from what we knew four years ago. Her research sheds light on the role of fruit flies in this disease complex.
  • Managing Pierce’s Disease in Temecula Valley Vineyards Episode 16
    Jul 20, 2017
    After an epidemic of Pierce’s Diseases devastated the Temecula Valley wine industry in the 1990s, grape growers and scientist are working together to prevent that from happening again.
  • IPM Control of Vine Mealybug Episode 15
    Jul 6, 2017
    Greg Pennyroyal discusses the appearance of vine mealybug in the Temecula Valley, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and how the community came together to monitor and manage this pest.
  • Organic Pest Control in Vineyards Episode 14
    Jun 15, 2017
    Farming organically has many benefits, but growing winegrapes organically has special challenges. Learn how one grower uses organic pest management practices in the vineyards.
  • High Tech Tools in the Vineyard Episode 13
    Jun 1, 2017
    Doug Beck, Science Advisor for Monterey Pacific Inc., talks about the different types of technology used in the vineyard.
  • A Culture of Sustainability: Scheid Vineyards Episode 12
    May 18, 2017
    Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations at Scheid Vineyards, discusses the ins and outs of sustainability practices.
  • Putting the “I” Back Into Vineyard IPM Episode 11
    May 4, 2017
    Dr. Pete Goodell, California Cooperative Extension Advisor, makes the case that IPM is a critical tool to address multiple issues facing our sustainable vineyard and agricultural systems.
  • Vineyard Weed Management Episode 10
    Apr 20, 2017
    Grant Cremers describes his vineyard management strategy through a combination of under-vine cultivation and herbicides at San Bernabe Vineyards.
  • Fungicide Resistant Mildew Episode 09
    Apr 6, 2017
    Dr. Timothy Miles discusses the prevalence of fungicide resistant powdery mildew populations found to be resistant to FRAC group 11 fungicides.
  • It’s Your Land, It’s Your Plan Episode 8
    Mar 16, 2017
    Conservationists Margy Lindquist with NRCS and Devon Best with RCD discuss the importance of and the process of creating a conservation plan.
  • Conservation Assistance with NRCS Episode 7
    Mar 2, 2017
    Find out how NRCS can help you conserve the resources on your property.
  • Fungicide Resistance in Grapes: Grower Perspective Episode 6
    Feb 16, 2017
    Growers share their practices and experiences with fungicide resistance and battling Powdery Mildew in their vineyards.
  • Grape Powdery Mildew Management and Inoculum Monitoring Episode 5
    Feb 2, 2017
    Dr. Walt Mahaffee describes the latest advances in grape powdery mildew management and reducing fungicide applications through inoculum monitoring.
  • Grapevine Trunk Diseases and Red Blotch Virus Management Episode 4
    Jan 19, 2017
    A grower panel discussion on preventative and management practices for grapevine trunk diseases and Red Blotch Virus management.
  • A Short History of Red Blotch Disease Episode 3
    Jan 3, 2017
    Dr. Golino describes the history behind the discovery and study of Red Blotch Disease and other grapevine virus diseases.
  • The Goldilocks Principle & Powdery Mildew Management Episode 2
    Dec 1, 2016
    Like Goldilocks, powdery mildew likes the weather conditions to be just right. Dr. Moyer explains these ideal conditions and two key ways to avoid disease.
  • Bunch Rot with Larry Bettiga Episode 1
    Nov 3, 2016
    Larry Bettiga discusses the life cycle of bunch rot.