Alternative Trellis Systems for a Changing Environment
Changes in the climates of global fine wine regions has led to growers altering the traditional trellising systems historically founded in these regions. This seminar will feature Dr. Manfred Stoll of Geisenheim University and Oregon growers from around the state who will share their unique adaptations to traditional trellising systems of Oregon. Moderated by Bryan Berenguer of Chemeketa College and Brooke Robertson of SJR Vineyard in Oregon’s Rocks District of Milton Freewater AVA.
Brooke Delmas Robertson spent five years working in the Napa Valley, tending to the high expectations of iconic vineyards and wineries. Additionally, Brooke has worked in Australia for Torbreck, focusing on small lots of highly sought after Rhône-style wines. Brooke completed her tenure in the Napa Valley as Viticulturist for The Napa Valley Reserve. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Oregon State University, an AAAS degree in Enology and Viticulture from Walla Walla Community College, and studied for a Master’s degree in Viticulture at Cal Poly; San Luis Obispo. She holds a UC Davis winemaking certificate and is working towards completing the Simonit & Sirch Vine Master Pruners Academy. Brooke serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Winegrower Association, representing Eastern Oregon; is a Batonnage, Women in Wine, Level One Mentor; and created the Vineyard Technical Group for Walla Walla Valley in conjunction with Oregon State University and the Rocks District Winegrowers.
Bryan Berenguer holds an M.Sc. in viticulture and enology from a joint program between Montpellier SupAgro, France; Bordeaux Sciences Agro, France; and Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany. He has worked for wineries in both the vineyard and cellar in the Languedoc region of southern France and in the Mosel Valley region of Germany. His main area of interest lies in organic and biodynamic wine production. He also holds a WSET Level 3 in wines. Bryan has not always worked in the wine industry. He also has a M.Sc. in agriculture systems from North Carolina State University and spent more than 18 years working with farmers and managing agriculture development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America before moving into the wine industry.
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