Dormant Pruning Tailgates(Grower)

Greenfield, Paso Robles, and Santa Maria

Vineyard Team
Phone: 805.466.2288


The Vineyard Team is hosting a series of pruning tailgates in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties to address challenges with vine balance, productivity, and quality in challenging conditions. These tailgates will focus on practical approaches to improving vine performance after drought years, increasing uniformity of fruit ripening, and methods to collect and interpret data to track results. Dormant grapevine pruning is quite possibly the most important task in terms of setting up the vineyard for a successful season. Each tailgate will include an overview of current challenges in vineyard uniformity from the prospective of vine pruning, followed by local grower strategies for approaching a customized pruning program for large and small vineyard blocks. Example data will be provided along with the economics of each approach. This workshop is more than just a discussion on balanced pruning.

Challenges addressed:
• Should vineyard crews prune differently during times of drought?
• Logistics of managing specialized pruning crews alongside standard labor
• Methods to collect vine balance numbers and how to put them to action.
• The connection between balancing variability and improving uniformity of ripening
• Real world examples and success stories from regional growers

Free for Members / $25.00 for Non-Members
3.0 CCA CEU credits approved (Crop Management).

January 13th | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Greenfield       PLEASE REGISTER ON-SITE

Host: Monterey Pacific Inc. | Los Ositos Vineyard |  43425 Hobson Ave. | Greenfield, CA
(GPS takes you about 0.5 miles east of the barn on Hobson)
Speakers: Fritz Westover, Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team; Ryan Scott, Viticulturist, Monterey Pacific Inc.

January 14th | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Paso Robles   PLEASE REGISTER ON-SITE

Host: Gallo Family Vineyards | Sunnybrook Vineyards | 5595 Creston Rd. | Paso Robles, CA 
Speakers: Fritz Westover, Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team; Greg Mundia, Vineyard Manager; Crystal Thion, Viticulture Technician

January 15th | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Santa Maria   PLEASE REGISTER ON-SITE

Host: Treasury Wine Estates | North Canyon Vineyard | 2200 White Rock Ln. | Santa Maria, CA 
Speakers: Fritz Westover, Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team; Simon Graves, Director of Vineyard Operations, Treasury Wine Estates; Kalyn Navone, Vineyard Manager, North Canyon Vineyard