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TOMORROW’S VINTAGE: Seizing opportunities and navigating challenges in the ever-evolving grape and wine industry

May 9 - May 10


The Ravenholt Lecture Series presents:

TOMORROW’S VINTAGE: Seizing opportunities and navigating challenges in the ever-evolving grape and wine industry

A mini symposium highlighting new technologies, sustainable practices, product up-cycling and innovative approaches to climate change


About the Ravenholt Lecture Series

The Albert Ravenholt Lecture Series brings experts from the grape and wine industry to WSU to share their research and professional perspectives. The series is made possible through an endowment from the Albert R. Ravenholt Foundation. Ravenholt, an early pioneer in Washington’s wine industry, was founder of Sagemoor Vineyards.

Agenda | Thursday May 9, 2024

8:00am-8:50am | Registration
Coffee and refreshments

8:50am-9:00am | Welcome and Introduction to the Ravenholt Lecture Series

9:00am-9:15am | International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA): Goals and international collaboration (virtual)
Aaron Stainthorp, Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines

9:15am-9:45am | Building Functional Soil Health by Minimizing Soil Disturbance 
Dr. Devin Rippner, Research Soil Scientist, Horticultural Crops Production and Genetic Improvement Research Unit, USDA-ARS

9:45am-10:15am | Regenerative Farming: Develop Soil Carbon Baselines
John T. Jaeger, Viticulturist and Soil Scientist, Jackson Family Wines

10:15am-10:45am | Break

10:45am-11:15am | IOT Internet of Things: Engineering Energy and Water and Sustainability in the Winery (virtual)
Dr. Roger Boulton, Professor Emeritus, Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

11:15am-11:45am | Automation: Winery Tank Controls and Sensors
Dr. Robert Coleman, Technical Winemaker, Treasury Wine Estates

11:45am-12:25pm | UV-Visible and Raman Spectrometry to Model Wine Components 
Dr. Jim Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology, WSU Viticulture and Enology

12:25pm-1:15pm | Lunch

1:15pm-1:45pm | Winery Wastewater: Options for management
Julian Kayne P.E., Summit Engineering Inc.

1:45pm-2:15pm | Innovative Processing and Capture Systems: Better temperature control, automated pump overs, tartaric acid recovery and CO2 capture technologies
Dr. Robert Coleman, Technical Winemaker, Treasury Wine Estates

2:15pm-2:45pm | Climate Strategy Across Grape and Wine Production: Carbon capture in vineyard soils, carbon credits, decarbonization
Aaron Stainthorp, Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines

2:45pm-3:15pm | Break

3:15pm-3:45pm | Temperature and Water: Adapting Vineyards to Changing Climate
Dr. Markus Keller, Chateau Ste. Michelle Distinguished Professor of Viticulture, WSU Viticulture and Enology

3:45pm-4:15pm | Cultivar Change to Adapt to Climate Change (virtual)
Dr. Amber Parker, Director of the Centre for Viticulture and Oenology, Lincoln University (NZ)

4:15pm-4:45pm | Irrigation Management for Late-Season Dehydration
Dr. Megan Bartlett, Assistant Professor and Plant Biologist, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology

5:00pm | Wine Social and Networking 

Agenda | Friday May 10, 2024

8:00am-9:00am | Coffee and Refreshments

9:00am-9:40am | Value-Added Products from Grape Pomace: an overview of existing products and opportunities
Dr. Torey Arvik,

9:40am-10:10am | Upcycli Symbiotic Applications of Chardonnay Grape Marc and Impacts on Human Health (virtual)
Scott Forsberg, Chief Operating Officer, Sonomaceuticals

10:10am | Break

10:30am-10:50am | Production of Ammonia Nitrate Extracting Nitrogen from Air
Dr. Jason Ellsworth, Head of Agronomy, Atlas Agro

10:50am-11:20am | Unearthing the Power of Biochar
Join us in “Biochar 101” as we delve into the fascinating world of biochar, uncovering its production methods, unique characteristics, and the myriad environmental benefits that make it a sustainable solution for a greener future.
David Drinkard, VP of Biomass Processing Division, Qualterra

11:20am-11:50pm | Biochar in Agriculture—Insights from Above and Below Ground
An overview of biochar’s impacts on crop and soil health, featuring summaries of recent WSU and Qualterra studies. 
Dr. Seanna Hewitt, Senior Genomics Scientist & Grants Management Specialist, Qualterra 

Location | WSU Tri-Cities

Consolidated Information Center, Room 120
2770 University Dr, Richland, WA 99354

Cost | $40 per person

Coffee, refreshments, lunch (Thursday), and wine social (Thursday) included
FREE REGISTRATION for viticulture and enology students

click to register


May 9
May 10


WSU Viticulture & Enology Program