Quarterly Update from Beth Vukmanic

Dear Members,

We have been hard at work bringing together resources on sustainable winegrowing for you during the first quarter of 2023. Here is a recap in case you missed anything that can help you grow your business. 

Who Are We

We realize "Vineyard Team" encompasses quite a lot! We are a small but mighty team. Our mission of sustainable winegrowing remains the same after nearly 30 years, and our organization facilitates sustainability in many different ways.

As we have grown and programs have been introduced and expanded, we are frequently asked who we are and what we do. Check out the Who Are We booklet to learn all the ways Vineyard Team helps you make wine sustainably!



Popular Tailgate Meetings give you the opportunity to hear from experts, talk directly with presenters, and see sustainable farming practices in person. Here’s what we learned:


Attention, Members! If you enjoy getting the latest viticulture education at Tailgates as much as we do, bring a friend who is not a current member for free:

  1. Send your friend this link and have them click Register Now.
  2. They choose the event they want to attend and use the code from this page to receive 100% off.
  3. You both attend the tailgate to learn from top viticulture experts.

Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship is our way of giving back to the community.  Scholarships help children whose parents work in California vineyards and wineries achieve their dreams of higher education. With a new investment from Must! Charities we:

  • Will award two- and four-year scholarships, complete with a graduation bonus (totals ranging from $6k to $20k per student!).
  • Invested in a program mentor, who will be a resource to the students throughout their collegiate career. 
  • Will be able to help even more students pay for college.

You can help the program flourish

To receive the gifted money from Must! Charities, we need to raise matching funds each year – and we need your help!
In the true spirit of sustainability, we want to create a program that has long-lasting funds so that we can continue to better the lives of our industry's children for decades. 100% of your donation will be applied to a student’s scholarship funding.


It's Here! Sustainable Stories from SIP Certified Members

It’s here! The tool that you need to tell your sustainable story.

Research shows that demand for sustainable products is growing, and telling your sustainable story can help you sell more wine. This brand new, 7-month, Sustainable Stories from SIP Certified Members series was made to help you tell your own Sustainable Story so you can incorporate your good work into every aspect of your messaging and sell more wine.

Don’t miss any of these valuable tips and member stories. Sign up for the SIP Certified Marketing Tips Newsletter.


Going Fast: Sustainable Ag Expo Booths

75% are already claimed!

Exhibiting at the Sustainable Ag Expo gives your business heightened visibility to industry peers and ag professionals.

Take this opportunity to network with high-level farmers and pest control advisors. Plus, earn Continuing Education hours at our daily seminars.

All you need to do is join Vineyard Team at a membership level of $1500 or above. The $1500 Membership also includes free access to Tailgate meetings, and the benefits only go up from there.





Meet Hayli Macomber

Chances are you have already met our Outreach and Event Coordinator, Hayli Macomber, via email or at a Tailgate.

She has studied internationally, lived in the Big Apple, and worked with Paso Robles wineries.

Reach out to Hayli for all things Membership, Tailgates, and Sustainable Ag Expo. 



We Won the 2022 IPM Achievement Award 

All of us at Vineyard Team are honored to receive DPR’s prestigious IPM Achievement Award.

Each year the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honors California organizations for their integrated pest management (IPM) achievements. The IPM Achievement Awards recognize organizations and individuals that are leaders in using reduced-risk pest management practices and sharing their successful strategies with others.


What's Up Next?

Vineyard Team has spent nearly 30 years helping the winegrowing community access the latest research and field-tested resources on sustainable farming. Because we are here to help you for the long haul, here is what we have in the works:

  • Strategic Plan: Our Board of Directors (present and past) and staff are developing a five-year road map so that we can keep bringing you the best programs.
  • Online Courses: We are launching an exciting new project to create a library of on-demand education. Stay tuned to learn how you can participate.

Thanks to your support, we continue to connect farmers and ag professionals in our common goal to make great wines with care for the people and planet.


Beth Vukmanic
Executive Director
Vineyard Team

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