Scheid to lead California Winegrape Growers

Scheid to lead California Winegrape Growers

Heidi Scheid of Scheid Vineyards, Inc. will succeed Bill Pauli of Pauli Ranch as chair of the California Association of Winegrape Growers.


Heidi Scheid will serve as the new chair of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) effective Dec. 1.

Scheid was selected during the CAWG’s board meeting Nov. 7.

Scheid, senior vice president of Scheid Vineyards, Inc., succeeds Bill Pauli of Pauli Ranch in Mendocino County.

“It is an honor for me to be elected the chair of CAWG,” Scheid says. 

“CAWG is the unified voice for effective state and federal advocacy and I look forward to continuing our unique role in the industry through our ongoing development of sound public policies, strengthened through membership growth,” she says.

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Sheid’s father, Al Scheid, served as the CAWG chair in 1978.

Also elected to the CAWG Board includes vice-chairs Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Vineyards and Winery, Lodi; and Dennis Wittchow, Lent-Burden Farming, Oakdale.

J.D. Harkey, Drake Enterprises, Temecula , was elected secretary. Ryan Metzler, Fruita del Sol, Fresno, was re-elected treasurer.

Nat DiBuduo, president, Allied Grape Growers, and Carson Smith, Carson Smith Farming, both of Fresno, were re-elected as CAWG At-Large Directors.

All CAWG elected officers begin their terms Dec. 1, 2013.

Scheid joined Scheid Vineyards in 1992 as director of planning and served as the company’s vice president of finance and chief financial officer from 1997-2001.

Prior to joining Scheid Vineyards, she served as a senior valuation analyst at Ernst & Young, LLP, and as an associate at the venture capital firm of InterVen Partners.

Scheid has served as a director of Wine Market Council since 1990. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Scheid this year climbed to the summits of Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous U.S.; and Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania.

CAWG promotes the winegrowing industry’s long-term success by advancing the adoption of sound public policies, and fostering awareness and understanding of winegrape growers’ contributions to the economy, environment, and California communities.

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