General ICVG Tour
Post-Conference Tour of Central Valley and North Coast Vineyards and Wineries
Friday, October 12 to Sunday October 14
The post-conference tour includes a grape nursery, production and experimental vineyards and wineries in California’s Great Central Valley, the Lodi growing district, and the North Coast regions of Sonoma and Napa. All meals and lodging (meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, lodging on Friday and Saturday) are included in the price of $550/person.
Companions will need to register and pay separately to insure our information on the website is complete. The cost of the field tour for companions is the same as for attendees.
Registration for the tour is closed.
Meet at 8:30 on Friday October 12 in front of the UCD Conference Center to board buses. Buses will return to Davis the evening of Sunday, October 14.
→→We recommend that you reserve a hotel room in Davis for the night of Sunday, October 14.
Duarte nursery Duarte nursery is in Modesto in the Central Valley and is one of the largest tree and vine nurseries in the United States. Duarte nursery produces Grapevines, Almond trees, Walnut rootstock, Pistachio rootstock, Stone Fruit trees, Citrus trees, Cherry trees, Pomegranate trees, Blueberries, Blackberries, Olive trees, and Poinsettias during the holiday season all as containerized stock in over 30 acres of indoor growing space. They are also working on new ventures including Figs, and Kiwi’s. They have an on-site tissue culture lab for micropropagation. A lunch will be provided at the nursery. For more information see http://duartenursery.com/
On the tour we will see fanleaf infected vines, a breeders research block with new rootstocks being tested for virus resistance, and the Lodi wine and Visitor Center, where we will have a wine tasting and dinner at the ‘Wine and Roses Hotel’.
We will tour the University of California Oakville field station, visit leafroll virus/mealybug control research blocks, and visit a Pierce’s Disease-infected vineyard to see effect of riparian replanting for PD control. Other scheduled stops are the Opus One winery and Mondavi vineyards.
Opus One winery
Opus One was founded in 1979 as a partnership between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of France and Robert Mondavi of Napa. In 1981 a single case of the joint venture wine sold for $24,000 at the first Napa Valley Wine Auction – the highest price ever paid for a California wine. In 1985 it became known as America’s first ultra-premium wine. Then in 1988 Opus One became the first ultra-premium California wine to be sold in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. Michael Silacci is the winemaker, and is responsible for both viticulture and winemaking. For more information see http://www.opusonewinery.com.
We will also visit the Robert Mondavi vineyards. The Robert Mondavi winery was built in 1966 and was the first major winery to be built in the Napa Valley after Prohibition. (Prohibition was a United States constitutional amendment that banned the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol; it was passed in 1920 and repealed in 1933.) Robert Mondavi helped introduce to California such fine winemaking techniques as the use of cold fermentation, stainless steel tanks, and French oak barrels. He also popularized Fume Blanc, a name he coined for dry-fermented, barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc. For more information see http://www.robertmondavi.com
Friday night - at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront located along the Sacramento River. It is next to the iconic Tower Bridge and across the street from Old Town Sacramento. It has spacious two-room suites, and complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/embassy-suites-sacramento-riverfront-promenade-SACESES/index.html
The Tower Bridge with Embassy Suites in background
Saturday night - We will stay at The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel nestled in the heart of Wine Country on 13 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with panoramic views of the Santa Rosa Valley. http://www.hiltonsonomahotel.com
Pool at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel
Friday October 12, meet at 8:30 in front of the UCD Conference Center
Lodi District vineyards and visitor center
Stay in Embassy Suites in Sacramento
Saturday October 13
Bus tour of the Capitol grounds in Sacramento, the Capitol of California
Travel to Sonoma County
Ridge Vineyards and Kunde Family Estates
Stay in Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel
Sunday October 14
Travel to Napa County
University of California Oakville Field Station
Leafroll virus – mealybug control research block
Pierce’s Disease infected vineyard
Robert Mondavi Vineyards
Opus One Winery
We will return to Davis in the late afternoon. We recommend that you reserve a hotel room in Davis for the night of Sunday, October 14.