Scott Welcher’s understanding of the land, soil, microclimates, and vines was instinctual. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a focus in fruit science and stayed in the county to work as a viticulturist in Edna Valley and Los Alamos. For eighteen years, Scott was the General Manager at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards where he was a co-author of a patent for the first vineyard netting machine. As General Manager for Opolo Vineyards for more than a decade, he lead their team in making high-quality wine and establishing progressive conservation and sustainability practices, including implementation of a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment pond system.
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.