Efren Leoza, Willamette Valley Vineyards’ vineyard manager, was one of three vineyard professionals given the Vineyard Excellence Award for his dedication to collaborative industry support, reported Statesman Journal at the Oregon Wine Symposium in February. Leoza worked at Tualatin Estates in 1979 and has been with Willamette Valley Vineyards since the vineyards’ merger in 1997. According to Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Winery Director, Christine Collier, Leoza’s commitment to recent planting has been critical to the success of young vines. Jesse Lopez of Celestina Vineyards in Southern Oregon and Irineo Magana of Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge were also given the award.
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