INDEPENDENT GRAPE GROWERS — PASO ROBLES AREA
An Association of Viticulture Industry Members Dedicated to the Advancement of Superior Wine Grape Growing
California Wine Grapes from San Luis Obispo County, USA
The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area, the largest and fastest-growing wine appellation in California and the home to a distinct variety of soils, micro-climates, and grape varietals.
Through our online marketplace listing service, ongoing seminars, and other critical services, IGGPRA provides a networking forum to promote cooperation and collaboration between the over 300 IGGPRA Member Grape Growers in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County (representing 27,000 fruit-producing acres and 40 grape varietals), and interested international grape growers, grape buyers, vintners, and vineyard suppliers.
Board of Supervisors Public Meeting - Water Summit
Hosted by the County Drought Task Force
The County of San Luis Obispo will be hosting a Water Summit during the October 14, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting from 1:30 - 5:00 PM. The County Drought Task Force will provide an update on current conditions and response plans, the County's Public Works Department will present a water systems update with plans for the year ahead, the County's Department of Agriculture and the Farm Advisor will present an update on agricultural conditions with plans for the year ahead, and the County's legislative advocates at the federal and state levels will provide updates on water legislation that impact this region.
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Current Drought Conditions: Challenges and Response Plans
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 1:30 - 5:00 pm
County Government Center Board Chambers
1055 Monterey Street, Room D-170
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Watch the Meeting Live!
Go to the Board of Supervisor Agenda website to access the agenda and documents or to watch the meeting live. www.slocounty.ca.gov/bos/BOSagenda.htm
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Save the Date for the October Harvest Social!
Enjoy an All American BBQ and Potluck on Saturday, October 18
Join your fellow Paso Robles grape growing industry friends for a Harvest potluck, all American BBQ and valuable wine industry networking opportunity at our Annual October Harvest Social!
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Place: Rolling Hills Ranch, 7275 Cross Canyon Road, San Miguel
IGGPRA will be grilling up Bratwursts and sausages as hot appetizers and serving the custom-marinated BBQ chicken breasts and thighs as the main entree in celebration of the Harvest Season!
Members are asked to provide by last name (please bring a serving size for 6 people or more):
M-R: Side Dishes
Bring your own table-set ups (plates, napkins, utensils, etc.) wine glasses and wine to share. Members and one guest free, additional guests $5 each. Members of the public $10 each.
CLICK HERE TO RSVP TODAY or call (805) 239-4443 to reserve your seat.
We can't wait to see you all there!
Longtime IGGPRA Supporter, J. Lohr, Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Harvest is under way at J. Lohr’s vineyards Paso Robles. But this year holds special significance: The winery is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The winery, then known as Turgeon & Lohr, was founded in 1974 in San Jose. Jerry Lohr — who had grown up on a grain and cattle farm in South Dakota and then worked as a developer and homebuilder in the Saratoga area — and business partner Bernie Turgeon had bought nearly 300 acres in 1972 in Monterey County’s Greenfield and planted grapes.
It was a somewhat risky move, because commercial viticulture in the county was only about 10 years old, and the results hadn’t always been promising. Many growers were planting what was selling rather than matching grape varieties to a suitable site. In Monterey, that meant a lot of vegetal cabernet sauvignon from areas that were too cool and windy.
“We hedged a couple of ways,” Lohr says now. “We didn’t build a winery. And I planted 11 varieties to begin with.”
By 1979, they had settled on four, including chardonnay, riesling, pinot blanc and valdiguié, previously known as Napa gamay. (Pinot blanc is gone now, Lohr says, because “it didn’t really catch on.”) Lohr bought out Turgeon in 1984, and the winery’s name was changed to J. Lohr
Lohr went on to purchase land in Paso Robles, starting in 1986, for cabernet sauvignon, merlot and other warmer-climate varieties, and increased the company’s vineyard holdings in Greenfield, in what became the Arroyo Seco American Viticultural Area in 1983. He also owns a vineyard in Napa Valley called Carol’s Vineyard, named for his late wife, and planted a vineyard in 2008 in the Santa Lucia Highlands. J. Lohr currently owns more than 4,000 acres in California, all of it certified sustainable, leases about 1,000 more and has wineries in San Jose, Paso Robles and Greenfield. Production stands at about 1.5 million cases a year. Read the entire story at the Mercury News.
On behalf of the IGGPRA Board of Directors and Members, congratulations to J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines and thank you for your longtime support of IGGPRA!
Scholarship Winners Announced
IGGPRA is proud to announce its two local scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year: Linda Jaimez, and Adam Hinrichs. Each student will receive $3,000 toward college tuition fees as they pursue degrees in viticulture-related fields.
Scholarship winners Adam Hinrichs, recent graduate of Templeton High School, will study Agricultural Engineering at Cal Lutheran beginning September 2014 and Linda Jaimez, a Paso Robles native and current fourth year at Fresno State University is now studying to become a vineyard manager and hopes to return to the Paso Robles community to work in the industry after graduation.
“Our 2014 scholarship award winners embody the goals and ideals of IGGPRA,” says Bob Fonarow, IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chairman. “The local IGGPRA members and supporters who make these scholarships possible feel there is no better way to advance the success of the Paso Robles wine growing region than to do our part to support such passionate, promising future wine industry leaders.”
IGGPRA initiated its viticulture scholarship program in 2012. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Students interested in applying for scholarships may contact IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chair Bob Fonarow at (805) 857-4400 for an application.
IGGPRA’s 2014 Member Directory
Our new 2014 membership will be available shortly. In fact, members will receive a copy in the mail in early July. The Board is especially proud of this latest effort that, we believe, will improve the visibility and recognition of the Association. If not, you know how to reach us and we will seriously consider your input in future efforts. In the meantime, the Board encourages you to frequent member Associate Businesses, many of which contributed through advertising to the Directory project.
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NEW IGGPRA Membership Signs – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
$35 per sign – reserve your new sign today!
IGGPRA is pleased to announce that the new Membership Signs are now available for purchase! This new design is more impactful, registers the IGGPRA name instantly and carries the logo that appears on our Website, newsletter and various mailings. The new sign is the essence of impactful simplicity. For those of you who are married to the old design please consider that “pretty” doesn’t necessarily equate to successful communication and at normal highway speeds it is difficult to determine just what the sign represents. To purchase a new Membership Sign, contact IGGPRA President Ken Bray by emailing email@example.com or calling (805) 459-6075.
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