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Virginia Vineyards Association names Grower of the Year

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Jeanette Smith, owner of VineSmith Inc. in Shenandoah County, has been named named the 2011 Grower of the Year.

The award was presented Friday at the Virginia Vineyards Association’s Annual Technical Meeting and Trade Show at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

Smith began working in Virginia vineyards in 1981 while studying horticulture at Virginia Tech. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1983. She since has been involved in planting, management and maintenance of vineyards in New York and North Carolina, but primarily in Virginia.

She has been education and research committee chair for the Virginia Vineyards Association as well as a member of the Virginia Wine Advisory Board.

Virginia has more than 380 vineyards that cultivate over 3,000 acres of grapes and supply more than 200 wineries. 

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