alifornia's wine grape cultivation began in El Dorado County even before the Gold Rush of 1849. Topography, soils and altitudes in our area create varied microclimates consistent with the best known grape growing regions of the world. The premium grapes grown in these settings are ideally suited for diversification of wine product lines, unique offerings to wine clubs, or differentiation in today's competitive marketplace.

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Join the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers and you will receive all the benefits membership brings. We have monthly meeting to discuss current issues and best practices. We have special guests at the meeting that help all growers learn and become better farmers.

We look forward to meeting you.

Upcoming Events

Next meeting scheduled for December 6th. -

University of California Weed Scientist John Roncoroni will speak addressing weed control in vineyards.


John is one of the foremost authorities on weed control in the State of California. He will highlight some of the more noxious weeds established in the Foothills as well as newer noxious weeds emerging in vineyards. John will discuss the results of trials he is doing with experimental herbicides and how some of these new herbicides will be used to control weeds.

Please feel free to bring mystery weeds for John to identify


El Dorado Wine Grape Price Recommendations

The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association has commissioned grape price recommendations to help buyers and sellers navigate a market landscape characterized by increasing emphasis on premium wines and pressure from rising labor costs.  The recommendations indicate average prices that range from $1,300 for Pinot Gris to $2,145 for Grenache Blanc.  In addition, for the first time, recommendations are presented for various percentile levels, to provide guidance for different market segments.

“With so many of our members experiencing labor shortages, I wanted our price recommendations to reflect not just long-term trends, but also to account for the spike in production costs,” said Benjamin Falk, President of the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers. 

Twenty-five different varieties are covered and recommendations are also given for all other reds and whites, in aggregate ($2,035 and $1,700, respectively).  To help buyers and sellers understand how price should vary by quality, minimum, maximum and quartile prices are also provided.  So, for example, VFA recommends that 25% of all El Dorado Syrah should sell for over $2,013, while the average price should be $1,765.

“Because El Dorado is a small market with an idiosyncratic varietal mix, typical price discovery activities may not be as reliably successful as we would hope for,” says Gabriel Froymovich, of Vineyard Financial Associates, the firm commissioned with producing the recommendations.  “However, long-term price trends have been stable enough that we can produce detailed market guidance to help buyers and sellers maintain reasonable price expectations.”

VFA’s recommendations are based on long-term price growth trends, projected macroeconomic inflation and expectations for the effect that the tightening labor market will have on production costs.



El Dorado Wine Grape Pricing Recommendations


Inspecting green-growing vines for VMB: 

Vine mealybug has been found on recent nursery shipments of green-growing vines in the North Coast region. 

Follow the newsletter link below to learn more. The newsletter can be used as training tool for crews inspecting vines as they are received


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