INDEPENDENT GRAPE GROWERS — PASO ROBLES AREA
An Association of Viticulture Industry Members Dedicated to the Advancement of Superior Wine Grape Growing
California Wine Grapes from San Luis Obispo County, USA
The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area, the largest and fastest-growing wine appellation in California and the home to a distinct variety of soils, micro-climates, and grape varietals.
Through our online marketplace listing service, ongoing seminars, and other critical services, IGGPRA provides a networking forum to promote cooperation and collaboration between the over 300 IGGPRA Member Grape Growers in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County (representing 27,000 fruit-producing acres and 40 grape varietals), and interested international grape growers, grape buyers, vintners, and vineyard suppliers.
Robert L. Hall, Owner of Robert Hall Winery, Dies at 85
The members of the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) are deeply saddened to report that Robert L. Hall, founder and owner of Robert Hall Winery, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the age of 85 from complications following an extended illness.
Robert consistently took the extra step to support IGGPRA by providing a beautiful venue for the organization’s educational seminars and networking socials. He was a longtime member advocate of IGGPRA and the wine and grape growing industry as a whole. Robert began making wine in 2001 and has greatly contributed to the significant growth of the Paso Robles AVA during the past decade. Robert was a true steward of the land and dedicated businessman and spokesperson for Paso Robles. Up to his final days, he enjoyed traveling nationally for sales trips, hosting wine events (including many for IGGPRA), visiting with guests in the tasting room, and working in the office daily.
He is survived by his spouse, Margaret Burrell Hall, and his three daughters.
On behalf of the IGGPRA Board of Directors and Members, we send our heartfelt condolences to Margaret, Robert's family and the entire staff of Robert Hall Winery.
Scholarship Winners Announced
IGGPRA is proud to announce its two local scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year: Linda Jaimez, and Adam Hinrichs. Each student will receive $3,000 toward college tuition fees as they pursue degrees in viticulture-related fields.
Scholarship winners Adam Hinrichs, recent graduate of Templeton High School, will study Agricultural Engineering at Cal Lutheran beginning September 2014 and Linda Jaimez, a Paso Robles native and current fourth year at Fresno State University is now studying to become a vineyard manager and hopes to return to the Paso Robles community to work in the industry after graduation.
“Our 2014 scholarship award winners embody the goals and ideals of IGGPRA,” says Bob Fonarow, IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chairman. “The local IGGPRA members and supporters who make these scholarships possible feel there is no better way to advance the success of the Paso Robles wine growing region than to do our part to support such passionate, promising future wine industry leaders.”
IGGPRA initiated its viticulture scholarship program in 2012. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Students interested in applying for scholarships may contact IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chair Bob Fonarow at (805) 857-4400 for an application.
IGGPRA’s 2014 Member Directory
Our new 2014 membership will be available shortly. In fact, members will receive a copy in the mail in early July. The Board is especially proud of this latest effort that, we believe, will improve the visibility and recognition of the Association. If not, you know how to reach us and we will seriously consider your input in future efforts. In the meantime, the Board encourages you to frequent member Associate Businesses, many of which contributed through advertising to the Directory project.
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NEW IGGPRA Membership Signs – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
$35 per sign – reserve your new sign today!
IGGPRA is pleased to announce that the new Membership Signs are now available for purchase! This new design is more impactful, registers the IGGPRA name instantly and carries the logo that appears on our Website, newsletter and various mailings. The new sign is the essence of impactful simplicity. For those of you who are married to the old design please consider that “pretty” doesn’t necessarily equate to successful communication and at normal highway speeds it is difficult to determine just what the sign represents. To purchase a new Membership Sign, contact IGGPRA President Ken Bray by emailing email@example.com or calling (805) 459-6075.
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