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Stephanie Bolton

Dr. Stephanie Bolton

Grower Research & Education Director/Sustainable Winegrowing Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission

Lodi, California


Stephanie Bolton, PhD leads the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s grower research and education and the international LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing program. Under Bolton’s leadership, the program has increased to nearly 70,000 certified acres across California, Washington and Israel, now representing 750 growers and nearly 100,000 acres of wine grapes. Bolton collaborates with growers world-wide, studying viticultural pests, diseases and sustainability practices. This year, Bolton was awarded a grant to study canine detection of mealybugs and viruses in vineyards. Further, Bolton was selected as a 2023 Nuffield International Farming Scholar and will be traveling the globe to connect growers and scientists around sustainable viticulture topics.