The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) will present its 2015 grower and leader of the year awards during its two-day Summer Conference July 22-23 in Napa, Calif.
Andy Beckstoffer, owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards, will receive the ‘Grower of the Year’ honor for his contributions to the Napa Valley's reputation as a world-class wine grape growing region.
Volker Eisele, who passed away earlier this year, will be posthumously awarded the “Leader of the Year” honor for his commitment to agricultural land preservation and conservation.
Beckstoffer was among the first wine grape growers to use overhead sprinkler systems for frost protection, plus innovations in trellising and vine spacing.
He is one of the top 20 largest grape growers in California with wine grapes grown on about 1,000 acres in Napa Valley, 1,500 acres in Mendocino, and 1,500 acres in the Red Hills of Lake County.
Beckstroffer is the largest non-winery owner of Napa Valley and North Coast vineyards, and the largest seller of premium wine grapes in the Napa and North Coast areas. He provides grapes to more than 100 premium wineries.
Eisele is the fourth recipient of the leader award, created by CAWG to recognize a member whose “record of exceptional leadership has benefited California’s wine industry.”
The award will be presented to the Eisele family.