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Three Industry Awards Presented at Lake Erie Grape Conference

AWARDS AND HONORS

By Jodi Creasap Gee

The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) advisory committee annually presents awards at the Lake Erie grape conference, to recognize individuals' contributions to the Lake Erie grape industry.  This year three awards were presented at the Conference on March 17:

Carl Vilardo, Jr. 2011 Grape Industry Person of the Year.

For his exceptional service and contributions to the Lake Erie Region grape industry, Carl Vilardo Jr. was given the Donald Crowe Memorial Award by the LERGP Advisory Committee and named the 2011 Grape Industry Person-of-the-Year. Vilardo is a community leader and key research collaborator for the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program. One of three generations working his family's 101-year-old family farm, Vilardo expanded the farm to 315-acres, with 200 of grapes planted to seven varieties supplying nine different markets.

Robert Mazza, 2010 Grape Industry Person of the Year.  

For his exceptional service and contributions to the Lake Erie Region Grape Industry, Robert Mazza was honored with the Donald Crowe Memorial Award as the 2010 Grape Industry Person-of-the-Year. Mazza is a prominent leader and pivotal facilitator in public and government relations in the Lake Erie region and a pioneer in the Lake Erie wine industry. He began his career as a co-owner of vineyard operations, co-founded the 7th winery in the state of Pennsylvania, and is currently the president of two Lake Erie region wineries. Mazza served as the first president of the Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance and president of the Pennsylvania Wine Association.

Trenholm 'Trenny' Jordan, 2011 Special Recognition Award.

Retired Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Trenholm Jordan was honored with the the 2011 Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Special Recognition Award, for his dedicated service and exceptional contributions to the Lake Erie grape industry. Jordan was educated at the University of New Hampshire, Cornell, and the University of California (Davis) and studied viticulture abroad in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. During over thirty years with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Trenholm authored seminal articles, such as "Economic Aspects of Mechanical Harvesting" in 1969 and "The Geneva Double Curtain" in 1966.

Jodi Creasap Gee is area viticulture extension educator with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program based at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory in Portland, New York.