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Dear Fellow Grape Growers, During the 2016 season we conducted Thermaculture™ trials at two Foley Family Wine operations, Sebastiani, and Foley Johnson in Rutherford. Both trials have seen truly amazing results and we couldn’t be happier. Not only did we get higher fruit set and yields on our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but we significantly cut our pest control costs from what we normally used in our vineyards. Substantial taste differences were also evident when we blind tasted the wines made from heat-treated grapes compared to control wines from the same blocks. Not only was I impressed but, our wine-making team also experienced clear preferences for the wines that resulted from this heat treatment process. Finding sustainable solutions like Thermaculture is very important to our mission at Foley. For 2017, we have purchased several machines and will be continuing and expanding the heat-treatment trials. We are very excited to see where this technology will take us in the years ahead. Best, Mark Seifert Vineyard Manager, Foley Family Wines

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