What is in this article?:
- Grower associations support Central Coast viticulture education program
- Direct focus on Central Coast
- Wine grape grower education, networking and support are necessary to produce premium wine grapes. Until now, most educational forums have been targeted towards Northern California wine grape growers, and held in the northern part of the state. The Central Coast VINE Symposium is changing that and the unanimous support for the meeting proves it.
Direct focus on Central Coast
The Central Coast VINE Symposium is the first viticulture conference solely dedicated to Central Coast wine grape production and the only meeting of its kind held within the region. The meeting is hosted by a Precision Ag Consulting – a Paso Robles based viticulture consulting company. Precision Ag is owned by Lowell and Becky Zelinski. Lowell Zelinski is a former University of California extension agent and California State University professor with a doctorate in soil-plant-water relations and more than 30 years experience in agriculture.
Becky Zelinski has a background in marketing, meeting planning and public relations. As a team, the couple incorporates grower education into their consulting business model and holds field days and production meetings on a regular basis. VINE is in its second year and was a spin-off from the Central Coast Irrigation Management Workshop, also hosted by Precision Ag. The Zelinskis developed VINE because they felt there was a need for industry-supported education for the Central Coast wine region and had the experience and background to do it.
Larner said VINE is a win-win for associations, growers and the industry.
“The support of VINE by the SBCVA benefits the organization the same as a vineyard benefits from proper cultivation. Continued education strengthens the foundation of its individual members, together resulting in a healthier and supportive organization.”
To register or for more information about VINE, call (805) 434-3331 or visit www.vinesymposium.com.