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 evening will honor CAWG's 2017 Grower of the Year: Bradford & Randall Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards and CAWG's 2017 Leader of the Year: Al Scheid, Scheid Vineyards.


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. 

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
Grower of the Year: Bradford & Randall Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards
Leader of the Year: Al Scheid, Scheid Vineyards

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. 

Dr. Damien Wilson, Sonoma State University 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM:  H-2A: How to Make it Work for you
Increasingly, California winegrape growers are turning to the H2A agricultural guestworker program to address the crucial need for vineyard workers. This session will explore the ins and outs of making the program work for you.
Speakers: Bob Erickson, Foothill Packing and Jeanne Malitz, MalitzLaw

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 

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 - Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Branding
Dave Phinney is a distinguished winemaker and successful entrepreneur with incredible business acumen. He is known for his critically-acclaimed wines and clever and creative labels. Dave founded Orin Swift
Cellars in 1998, and in 2000 created a popular zinfandel-based wine called The Prisoner. Dave’s presentation will draw from his unique and exciting entrepreneurial journey and in-depth knowledge of winemaking.
Speaker: Dave Phinney, Orin Swift and Locations Wine

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.

Hotel Room Reservations
The deadline to book a hotel room under the CAWG room rate has passed. The Silverado Resort & Spa is currently sold out on Monday evening. If you do still require a room, please see below hotel options near the resort. Please try the resort first, as occupancy may change. Please contact us should you have any issues or questions. 

The Westin Verasa Napa
1314 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559

4.2 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa

Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
3425 Solano Ave
Napa, CA 94558

4.3 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa

Hilton Garden Inn Napa
3585 Solano Ave
Napa, CA 94558

4.4 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa

Napa Winery Inn
1998 Tower Ave
Napa, CA 94558

4.8 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa 

Hotel Napa Valley
1556 Polk Street
Napa, CA 94559

4.8 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa

Andaz Napa
1450 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 687-1234

5.5 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa 

Senza Hotel
4066 Howard Lane
Napa, CA 94558

7.1 Miles from Silverado Resort & Spa