14th Annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship, February 22

Published on February 15, 2013

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation in partnership with the SRJC Ag & Natural Resource Department will hold the 14th annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship on Friday, February 22, at SRJC Shone Farm beginning at 10:00am. Shone Farm is located at 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville. All events are free and open to the public with advanced registration.

RSVP to attend the County Championship by February 19 to: sonomawinegrape.org/news-events/pruning-championship/.

Regional pruning contests were held February 5-13, in five county viticulture appellations (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, and Russian River Valley). The top two winners in each appellation earned a spot in the championship for a total of 10 contestants vying for county superiority. Cash prizes and gifts are awarded to the winners. Festivities also include a Winemaker/Vineyard Manager Pruning Competition with teams from each of the above appellations and a pruning demonstration by SRJC viticulture instructor Merilark Padgett-Johnson.

For additional information, please contact Karen at [email protected] or 707-522-5862.

Industry sponsorships make this event possible and free of charge to attendees. Platinum sponsors are: American AgCredit, Vineyard Industry Products, Wilbur-Ellis, Central Valley Builders Supply, and Chris Maloney Crop  Insurance.  Gold sponsors are: REVM, Clendenen Vineyard Management, Tri-Valley Vineyard Management, Bevill Vineyard Management, and Cameron & Cameron. The Silver sponsors are: AgUnlimited, Wyatt Irrigation Supply and Sunridge Nurseries. Bronze Sponsors are: AmeriTrellis, BWS Distributors, Harmony Farm Supply, and Vintage Nurseries.