The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) 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.
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Grower & Leader of the Year! All nomination forms are due on or before, Friday, April 20, 2018.
Award recipients will be announced in May, and will be honored during CAWG's Summer Conference with a dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 17th at the Silverado Resort in Napa.
Grower of the Year Award
The Grower of the Year Award is the highest honor given by CAWG. The award is bestowed annually to an individual, family or company who represents an outstanding example of excellence in viticulture and management, and is recognized by others for innovation and leadership within the industry. A central purpose for bestowing the Grower of the Year Award is to identify and promote outstanding examples of efficient, successful producers of quality California winegrapes. This award is exclusive to CAWG members only. Nominees may be an individual, family or company. Consideration will be given only to nominations that clearly address the criteria listed on this form. Nominations or endorsements received after the submission deadline shall not be permitted.
Previous Grower of the Year Award winners
John Kautz, John Kautz family; Steve McIntyre, Monterey Pacific; Richard Kheen; Jerry and Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches; and Brad & Randy Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards.
Leader of the Year Award
The Leader of the Year Award is given to the grower whose record of exceptional leadership has benefited California’s wine industry. By giving this award, the association seeks to recognize and promote an outstanding example of leadership for the purpose of bringing credit to the industry and inspiring others to lead as well. This award is exclusive to CAWG members. Nominees must be an individual who is a grower or is associated with a winegrape growing operation. Consideration will be given only to nominations that clearly address the criteria listed on this form. Nominations or endorsements received after the submission deadline shall not be permitted.
Previous Leader of the Year Award winners
Nat DiBuduo, Allied Grape Growers; Ben Drake, Drake Enterprises; the Ledbetter Family; Volker Eisele, Volker Eisele Family Estate; Richard Smith, Smith Family Wines; and Al Scheid, Scheid Vineyards.
Grower of the Year Application
Leader of the Year Application