Sustainable Winegrowing Workshop: Water Efficiency and Quality, Feb. 14

Published on January 14, 2014

Please join the Sonoma Winegrape Commission and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance for an educational workshop on water efficiency and quality. The half-day workshop will cover best practices for vineyard irrigation, soil erosion and water quality. You can begin to document the sustainable practices you use in your vineyard and see how you have improved over the years by starting a new sustainable winegrowing self-assessment of your operation. See attached for the workshop flyer. The workshop will take place at Shone Farm. Registration check-in opens at 8:00am with the seminar starting at 8:30am and running until 12:45pm. Refreshments and lunch will be offered. Register to attend this free workshop by February 10 at:

The workshop includes an overview of how to use the online self-assessment system so please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one (if you don’t you can use hard copies of the self-assessment workbook). The day will also include information about the work being done to try to allow participants who use the self-assessment workbook to more easily comply with a new Ag Waiver that is currently being developed by the regional water board. Discussions will also take place around measuring and tracking your water use and the benefits and value of taking the time to use metrics. Finally, the workshop will conclude with a hands-on activity to get you thinking about goals and actions you can consider in your own vineyard to increase your water efficiency. You are welcome to stay after lunch if you would like additional assistance completing the self-assessment or help navigating the online assessment system. For more information on the workshop or the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, contact Kate Venugopal at [email protected] or Karen Thomas at 707-522-5862 or [email protected]