SOIL HEALTH & BIODIVERSITY
Join Ivo Jeramaz, Vice President of Vineyards & Production at Grgich Estate, as he works with Anton Luiten, Vineyard Manager and Maggie Purdie, Enologist at Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards to talk through the practical first steps and considerations for phasing out Roundup and other herbicides. Adopting any new approach, whether personally or professionally, initially requires learning, time, and often cost. But once a new practice becomes streamlined there are often benefits and associated savings. Ivo has the spreadsheets to prove this case for organic farming. Be a part of this transitional conversation that will include a by the numbers analysis.
Coffee, treats and networking with our “Sustainable Services & Solutions” partners, including Advancing Eco Ag, Agrology, Buzz Cover Crop Seed, Earthworks Biochar, Napa Wildlife Rescue (BOMP), Napa Resource Conservation District, Saverglass, The Clean Burn Company, Wilbur-Ellis, Napa Green and others.
Welcoming remarks from Riana Mondavi, Brand Ambassador and Director of Chains for Charles Krug Winery, and Anna Brittain, Executive Director of Napa Green.
Vineyard manager and winemaker for Hope Well Wine, Mimi Casteel is an incredibly passionate voice and example for this new era of regenerative carbon farming. Mimi is world-renowned for her vision of transformative viticulture, her approachable communication of that vision, and her on the ground examples of how to produce expressive wines from vibrant, healthy, carbon-rich soils in vineyards actively cultivating plant and animal diversity.
A 2019 Punch article noted, “To her, regenerative farming is the Manhattan Project of our time.
‘We built nuclear bombs when we felt threatened. That was a very short, very intense effort of the best minds. With a fraction of that, we could transition 400 million acres in less than a decade and that would change… everything.’”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has named “nature-based solutions,” including carbon farming, as one of the top five solutions to climate change. Grape growers have a proactive role they can play in both building more resilient vineyards and mitigating climate change. Practices like cover crops, compost, and conservation tillage build soil health, water and nutrient retention and plant delivery, resiliency to drought and high heat AND they store more carbon in the soil.
During this Salon, freelance journalist, author and professor Mark Gudgel will moderate a conversation with Kelly Mulville of Paicines Ranch, Ivo Jeramaz with Grgich Estate, and Natalie Winkler from Salvestrin Winery about the soil microbiome and the underground brain of the vine. This powerhouse group will discuss decades of science, ongoing research, and their own experience with the benefits of expanding regenerative farming practices in the vineyard.