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Sixty fourth-grade students from Vichy traveled to Clos Du Val winery in Napa on Feb. 19 for the first of several visits they’ll be making during the growing season.

As part of the Napa Valley Vintners Adopt-a-School program, Clos Du Val President Steve Tamburelli created an “Adopt-a-Vine” for their school partners at Vichy.

The kids traveled by bus to Clos Du Val for an hourlong meeting with Tamburelli and viticulturist Kara Maraden to learn about the life cycle of vines, which begins with the winter pruning during the vines’ dormant season. The kids will each be given a vine (with their name on it) that they will visit on other occasions throughout the growing season. It will culminate with a harvest trip, by which time the fourth-graders will have become fifth-graders.

“It will also be supported by an in-class educational component designed to explore concepts like photosynthesis (biology), water usage and yields (mathematics) and fermentation science (chemistry),” Tamburelli explained.

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“The real idea here is that vineyards make wonderful classrooms, and that this is an exciting way to introduce kids to an industry that is such an important part of their community, while learning some fundamentals.”

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