Neal Family Vineyard announces over $200,000 raised through its namesake scholarship program
Howell Mountain Estate Biodynamic Winery Sponsors Agricultural Studies Scholars through its eponymous scholarship program
NAPA, Calif. (July 5, 2022) – Boutique Howell Mountain Estate Winery Neal Family Vineyards is pleased to announce that it has raised over $200,000 for local scholars pursuing college degrees in agriculture. Founded in 1998, Neal Family Vineyards specializes in crafting Cabernet Sauvignon from meticulously cultivated, 100% biodynamic, 100% estate vineyards. The winery announces the winners at the Neal Family Cellar Depletion Dinner held annually in May and includes a live auction where all proceeds go to support the St. Helena Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.
“Over the past few years, we’re proud to have been able to award 15 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in agriculture,” said Mark Neal, winemaker, founder and owner of Neal Family Vineyard. “We have dedicated our lives to ethical farming practices to create the best organic and biodynamic wines our vineyards can offer, so it makes sense to pay it forward. We look forward to continuing to help the next generation of farmers develop new skills and techniques to benefit farming practices for years to come.
Established in 2014, the Neal Family Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have completed four years of agriculture courses at St. Helena High School while maintaining a 3.50 GPA and who have been accepted to attend a four-year university. Scholarship recipients receive $2,000 per year while enrolled in an agricultural study program. Currently, Neal Family Vineyards has 10 beneficiaries pursuing agricultural studies.
This year’s Neal Family Scholarship Ceremony was held May 23, 2022 at the Neal Family Vineyard with over 70 people in attendance. The scholarship was awarded to Kaylee Moura who will study agricultural business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo beginning in the fall. The live auction was filled with several items, including wines from Mark Neal’s personal cellar and a weekend at a vacation home in Kauai, Hawaii, which includes local chocolates and a farm tour from Kauai Coca Tree Farm.
Neal Family Vineyards is open by appointment only Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. .
About Neal Family Estates
Family owned and operated, Neal Family Vineyards is a boutique winery specializing in crafting Cabernet Sauvignon from meticulously cultivated, 100% biodynamic, 100% estate vineyards on the iconic Neal family properties, Howell Mountain and Rutherford Dust. , in Napa Valley. Founded by Napa Valley biodynamic pioneer Mark Neal, Neal Family Vineyards believes that great wines come from great ingredients that only organic and biodynamic vineyards can produce. After playing a leadership role in implementing certified organic and biodynamic farming practices in Napa Valley, Neal Family continues to commit to organic and biodynamic practices. The winery’s four estate vineyards have been certified organic by CCOF since 2009 and certified biodynamic by Demeter Biodynamic since 2021. Regenerative organic certification is expected to be achieved in 2022. Mark also owns and operates Jack Neal & Son (JNS) Vineyard Management, the largest biodynamic farm in the United States. For more information, please visit www.NealVineyards.com/.