Save the Date for the 12th Annual Pruning Contest and Championship

Published on December 22, 2010

Mark your calendar and share the news! It’s time to recognize the professional skills of your vineyard employees by entering two pruners into a regional pruning contest. Applications (available below to download) are due by noon, two days before the competition.  Invite your employees to watch the competition and cheer their team members!

An individual may participate in only ONE Regional Contest. The dates and vineyards are:
February 2 – Rued Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley
February 4 – Avellar Vineyards, Sonoma Valley
February 8 – Vimark Vineyards, Alexander Valley
February 9 – Pelkan Ranch, Knights Valley
February 11 – Sonoma-Cutrer, Russian River Valley

Contestants are judged on speed, precision and neatness. Cash prizes will be presented to the four top contestants at each regional contest.

The top two pruners from each region advance to the Sonoma County Pruning Championship on February 25, 10:00am at SRJC Shone Farm, 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville. Cash prizes are also awarded to the top four participants.

Each year, the Championship pits winemaker/vineyard manager teams against each other for bragging rights. Any winery willing to put a team up to the challenge are encouraged to contact Karen at 707-522-5862 or by February 1, 2011.

Sponsors will provide cash prizes and merchandise at each regional competition and at the County Championship. Major sponsors include : American AgCredit and Chris Maloney Crop Insurance Services.

For additional information or to participate as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Karen SCWC at 707-522-5862 or