Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's that time of year....and we're not talking the Holidays! Wineries Unlimited is not that far away. And Ricard Leahy just announced that the accomplished Mr. Andy Beckstoffer will be the keynote giver at this year's events. Somethign ver much to look forward to!

See you in March at Valley Forge!

Andy Beckstoffer, Beckstoffer Vineyards

Wineries Unlimited is proud to announce that Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards will be featured speaker at this year’s keynote lunch on March 10.

Andy is the most highly regarded independent wine-grape grower in Northern California.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Beckstoffer garnered a BS in engineering at Virginia Tech and an MBA at Dartmouth. As president of Beckstoffer Vineyards, his empire stretches through the North Coast counties of Napa, Mendocino and Lake. As a visionary, Beckstoffer was responsible for planting 500 acres of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in the early 1970s, a remarkable feat considering only 682 existed in 1969. As a 33-year-old entrepreneur, he devised a 1973 leveraged buyout of a vineyard company and 1,200 acres of land in Napa and Mendocino with an investment of only $7,500 in cash.

His many accomplishments include founding the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association (NVGGA) in 1975, and introducing the modern-era practice of pricing a ton of grapes on the future bottle price (i.e. bottle price times 100 equals the cost of a ton of grapes). The NVGGA presented him with its first “Grower of the Year” award in 2006 while in 2007, the Napa County Farm Bureau named him “Agriculturist of Year” and he received the first-ever “U.S. Congressional Wine Caucus Commendation”.
The keynote lunch has limited seating so early registration is strongly suggested.
Beckstoffer also joins several outstanding Eastern grape growers during the panel discussion “Extreme Viticulture: What It Takes to Get Top Dollar” later that day.
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