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September 4, 2008


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga) Local vintner Joseph A. Filippi had about 25 field hands harvested the agricultural demonstration vineyard yesterday. The crew cut and picked the dark purple Alicante grape clusters from the brand new vineyard which will be used to produce a superior Rosé wine.

The harvesting took place yesterday morning. The grapes were then brought back to the Filippi Winery crushing yard to begin the fantastic process of wine making. This batch of grapes was not originally intended to be harvested this year because it is only the second leafing and typically the grapes don't begin to harvest until after the third leafing. However, due to the moderate daylight heat, cool night marine layer and nutrient soil the vineyard exploded with perfect grapes for Rosé wine. The Chaffey Vineyard will yield 500 plus gallons of wine, which is equal to about 208 cases.

The agricultural demonstration garden is a vineyard on approximately 2.5 acres on half an acre in the northwest corner of the Chaffey College Rancho campus. This project is a collaboration of work from several agencies. Joseph Filippi Winery, donor of the vines, is maintaining and harvesting the vineyard. Cucamonga Valley Water District donated the water necessary for irrigation.

The superior wines produced from the Chaffey College vineyard by Filippi Winery will be shared with the community. This is an example of the partnerships that Chaffey College is grateful to foster.

For additional information regarding the Chaffey College Agricultural Demonstration Garden, contact Sarah Riley, director of facilities development at and for information regarding the Joseph Filippi Winery, click on:

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