Sonoma County Winegrowers Host 18th Annual Pruning Championship Posted on March 27, 2017 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Santa Rosa, Calif., (March 27, 2017) – Sonoma County Winegrowers held the 18th Annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship at the SRJC Shone Farm on February 24, 2017. Thirty-eight vineyard workers from across Sonoma County competed for the title of best pruner in the region. We are proud to recognize Rosendo Avila of Emeritus Vineyards in Sebastopol for taking home the first place trophy and winning a cash prize of $1,500, among other prizes such as tools and gift cards from our sponsors. Samuel Campos of Vimark Vineyard Management in Geyserville finished in second place, Javier Diaz Correa of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards finished in third place, and Erick Silva of Perez Farming Services finished in fourth place. Contestants were judged on speed, precision, as well as the accuracy and quality of the cuts. The pruning contest was followed by a lunch and awards ceremony in the vineyards. More than 100 grape growers, wine industry representatives, community members, sponsors, media and others were in attendance to cheer on the competitors and celebrate our vibrant workforce.