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December 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 1:30 pm


Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Venue: Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95240

Time: 7:45 am – 1:30 pm, lunch included

Cost: FREE, all are welcome

Description: During the first of what will hopefully be an annual LODI VINEYARD MECHANIZATION SHOWCASE, growers will learn the latest innovations from the major mechanization equipment companies. Tips on how to optimize high wire trellising systems will be provided by growers and others leading the way.  Paul Verdegaal will provide an update on the Kautz Farms trellising trial and Matt Frank (Trinchero Family Estates) will discuss chemical and mechanical suckering.  Mechanization is a large financial investment and we want to help enhance grower’s chances of success and profitability.

Hosted by the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Note: this is an indoor workshop with presentations; no actual mechanization equipment will be present this year but we hope to expand the event with equipment in 2019.

Confirmed vendors (10 minute innovation presentations):  Acampo Machine Works/Collard, Evolution Equipment/Pellenc, ERO (Viteco cane pruner)/RDO, Clemens, VMech, Spagnolo, KLIMA/ECO Trellis, New Holland, Oxbo.

High Wire Trellising panel (moderated by Keith Striegler, E. & J. Gallo): Pete Opatz (Viticulturist, Silverado Premium Partners), Matt Frank (Viticulturist, Trinchero Family Estates), Randy Kazarian (Owner, Kazarian Vineyard Development), and Kelly Brakel (Vineyard Manager, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards)

Lodi Mechanization Research updates: Paul Verdegaal (Kautz Trellising Trial), Matt Frank (Trinchero’s mechanical and chemical suckering adventures)

Confirmed vendors (tables):  Acampo Machine Works/Collard, Evolution Equipment/Pellenc, ERO (Viteco cane pruner)/RDO, Clemens, VMech/AgOtter, Spagnolo, KLIMA/Jim’s Supply Co./ECO Trellis, New Holland, Oxbo, PA Trellising, and Infaco.

For more info.: Contact Stephanie Bolton at stephanie@lodiwine.com. Event is free and all are welcome.

RSVP: To Christina at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, 209.367.4727 or lwwc@lodiwine.com.


December 11, 2018
7:30 am - 1:30 pm


Burgundy Hall – Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 E. Lockeford Street
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