The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (Foundation) announced that two could get hold of a Powers Sabbatical Award in 2020. The Powers Family Sabbatical awards up to $5,000 to cover prices for a mid-stage industry expert to tour overseas to increase knowledge about growing or making wine with the objective of proportion learnings with Washington State growers and vintners.
Sadie Drury is the General Manager of North Slope Management, in which she manages and serves as viticulturist for eight vineyards within the Walla Walla AVA–including Seven Hills Vineyard. Drury’s Sabbatical ride is to South Australia to learn about converting climate and influences of fires, hotter summers, and much less available water–issues South Australia has battled for a decade. Drury said, “The Sabbatical is important because it lets enterprise members journey and research what different wine regions within the international are doing that is special than Washington. This can be reducing area era or practices that have been applied for decades that Washington hasn’t attempted. The requirement for the recipient to share their findings will increase their colleagues’ practices and their very own, further enhancing Washington wine.”
In Sunnyside, Andrew Schultz owns Brothers in Farms, LLC, a custom winery management and consulting enterprise with over three hundred acres and over 25 personnel. Schultz is visiting Chile to discuss irrigation practices with winery managers because Chile is similar, consisting of, by and large, planted to own-rooted vines, similar latitude and dry developing conditions, and soil sorts. Schultz stated, “I hope to find out about Chilean developing applications and challenges they see in a regular season. Many in the industry need to answer similar questions on a yearly foundation. Tools, substances, education, revel in, and way of life are always one of a kind in one-of-a-kind places, and these affect human beings and how they resolve these issues. Seeing someone else’s solutions complement your own. I wish to look at how others meet similar demanding situations.”
Schultz shared that the Sabbatical Program is “game-changing for the Washington wine enterprise”. He mentioned, “It offers monetary support for younger professionals to travel and experience the wine enterprise around the sector. They deliver lower back to proportion with industry, increasing know-how and enjoyment for the Washington wine enterprise as an entire. Relationships are shaped to persist for years and widen the breadth and trouble-fixing abilties of all of us.”