The 2019 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to:
- Winegrape Grower of the Year – Paul Hoover, Still Waters Vineyards
- Winemaker of the Year – Justin Smith, Saxum Vineyards
- Wine Industry Person of the Year – Scott Welcher, Opolo Vineyards (awarded posthumously)
Friday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. FREE
California Mid-State Fair within the Mission Square
The awards presentation is a free event with paid admission to the California Mid-State Fair.
Friday, July 19, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, $40
Preceding the awards presentation is a ticketed event featuring a walk-around tasting of the gold medal winners of the Central Coast Wine Competition. Buy tickets.
Scott Welcher, Opolo Vineyards (posthumous)
Wine Industry Person of the Year
Scott Welcher’s contributions to the State of California, County of San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles wine industry are far-reaching in his involvement within numerous civic, industry, and scholastic organizations, including: Cal Poly, California State Farm Bureau, Central Coast Vineyard Team, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, Kiwanis, Future Farmers of America, 4H, and the Vine Pruning Team of Templeton High School.
Justin Smith, Saxum Vineyards
Winemaker of the Year
Paul Hoover, Still Waters Vineyards
Winegrape Grower of the Year