So far this year, we have had 5 Seminars. Average attendance has been around 60 people and as high as 80+. This telling us that the topics and speakers are talking about things important to our growers and wineries. But we want to bring even more important topics to you, so don’t hesitate to make suggestions for future seminars. The base information in each seminar is to stay in sync with the growing cycle, while also introducing topics of important and interest.
The September Seminar will be held at JLohr and include such topics as preparing for harvest, handling unfair business practices (ie if a winery does not pay you), small scale wine making for the Grower and other topics
At virtually every seminar and mixer we get new members into IGGPRA. This is great news for the organization as it shows we are reaching people with vineyards that are either new at it or did not know about the benefits of joining. We also continue to get new Associate Members who want to provide our growers with goods and services to make their vineyards successful. Many of the Associates have utilized our eblast and advertising benefits to bring important information to you about their products/services— examples are Eurofins (Lab), Bird Gard (bird abatement), Black Diamond Vermicompost, and several others.
IGGPRA continues to evolve as an integral member of the Paso Robles area wine industry. We conduct most of the grower education seminars in the area, support the annual pruning competition and have reciprocal relationships with the Vineyard Team, Wine Alliance and Chambers of Commerce. We also are attending 2 Industry events each year (WiVi and Sustainable Ag/other) and plan to have a booth at the 2018 Winemakers Cookoff.
Under the direction of our Board, we continue to look for new ways to serve our Grower and Winery Members. We encourage any of you to visit one of our Board meetings, held first Thursday of the month at the Kennedy Club.
Best of Luck with your 2017 Harvest !!