2017 Summer Conference

CAWG 2017 Summer Conference 
Learn ~ Network ~ Grow 

The California Association of Winegrape Growers is very excited to be hosting the 6th Annual CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, the 6th Annual Awards of Excellence Program and the 43rd Annual Meeting & Speaker Program in Napa, July 17 - 18.

Please click here to view the most current agenda, and important event details, event timeline and how to register below. 


Please join us in Napa for a fun day on the course to help support the CAWG PAC. Located in the heart of the Wine Country, the two Silverado Resort and Spa championship golf courses are only available to members or resort guests. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, both courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees. The day will include a continental breakfast, Bloody Mary bar, lunch, drinks on the course, and skills contests and games. 

CAWG’s Political Action Committee provides California winegrape growers the opportunity to support the election of those candidates, for national and state offices, who recognize and understand the many important contributions California winegrowers make to sustain vibrant communities and support a healthy economy. A strong, effective CAWG PAC is an important tool the grower community can use to advocate for issues and candidates that support California winegrape growers. When you contribute to CAWG PAC, you are making an important investment in public advocacy and sound governance. 


The California Association of Winegrape Growers Awards of Excellence Program is meant to spotlight exceptional people who have benefitted the broader community of winegrape growers through exemplary leadership and outstanding commitment to the well-being of the winegrowing industry, California communities and the environment.

The Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner will take place on Monday evening, July 17. The Awards of Excellence Winners will be announced shortly. 


Learn from the wine industry’s luminaries. 

Attend CAWG’s Annual Business Meeting & Conference and be part of the professional learning event of a lifetime. We’ve gathered wine industry luminaries to educate, inform and inspire on important current topics.

CAWG is working on putting together an excellent line-up of speakers for the Summer Conference. Program details to follow. 


The CAWG Board of Directors Meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 19, with the dinner on Tuesday evening, July 18. 


Monday, July 17
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament
7:30 AM:
Registration and Warm-Up 
8:30 AM: Shotgun Start 
2:00 PM: CAWG PAC Reception 

Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner Timeline
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Awards of Excellence Reception 
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM: Dinner
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM:  Awards of Excellence Program

Tuesday, July 18
8:00 AM:  Registration (breakfast available) 
8:45 AM - 11:30 AM:  Speaker Program

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM:  The Economy and Wine  

The current economic recovery and expansion is nearly eight years old, making this the third longest economic expansion in U.S. history. Wine economist Dr. Damien Wilson, Sonoma State University, will explore the factors driving economic growth and the many risks, both domestic and international, that could tip the economy into a recession. This session will help you understand our economic future and likely trends in wine demand. Speaker: Dr. Damien Wilson, Sonoma State University (confirmed)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM:  Drought Followed by Floods…..What is the New Normal form California Climate?

This past year, a torrent of rain and a heavy snowpack helped California emerge from years of drought. Can we expect a continued wet cycle? And, will we continue to warmer winters, which for many mean earlier bud break and harvests. Despite the benefits of this year’s rainy season, many climate experts believe California may experience more frequent and longer periods of drought and warmer temperatures. If so, how will these climatic conditions affect California growers? Dr. Gregory Jones from Southern Oregon University combines his knowledge of climate science with a deep understanding of wine production. Speaker: Gregory Jones, Ph.D., Southern Oregon University (invited)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM:  Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM:  The View from Washington, D.C.

Veteran lobbyist and policy expert Louie Perry, Cornerstone Government Affairs, will provide the latest news and insights from Washington, DC. The Trump Administration has promised a wide ranging and aggressive policy agenda focused on tax reform, health care, immigration, renegotiation of international trade agreements and more. Get the inside view of what’s happening in Washington, DC. Speaker: Louie Perry, Cornerstone Government Affairs (confirmed) 

11:30 AM – 1:45 PM: Networking Reception, Lunch, Annual Meeting & Afternoon Speaker Program  

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Wine Industry Networking Reception, Lunch and Annual Meeting

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Luncheon Speaker

Please see below two easy ways to sponsor or to register for the CAWG PAC Golf Tournament and Summer Conference.

CAWG PAC Golf Tournament
Brochure and Registration Form: 
Please click here to download and review the brochure. Once completed, please return to the CAWG office. 

Online Registration: To register online, please click here

Awards of Excellence Program & Summer Conference

Registration Form: Please click here to download the registration form, complete and mail, email or fax back to the CAWG office.  

Online Registration: Please click here  to register online. 

CAWG has negotiated a room rate of $229 (single/double occupancy) at the Silverado Resort & Spa. The deadline to book at room at this discounted room rate is June 16, 2017.

Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel's prevailing rates. To reserve a room at this discounted room rate, please contact the Silverado Resort & Spa directly (707) 257-5440. Please identify the group as California Association of Winegrape Growers to receive the discounted room rate.

Phone: (707) 257-5440