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Nestled in the front range of the Pacific coastal mountains of Southern California, the Ramona Valley has a rich history of vineyards and wine making, dating back to the early missions. Hot days and cool nights, influenced by the coastal marine layer and fog, contribute to conditions that produce quality wine grapes in the Ramona Valley. The area is a broad valley that is ringed by hills and mountains that isolate it from the surrounding areas. The valley has an average vineyard elevation of 1400 feet and an annual average rainfall of 16.5 inches.
Affirming that premium quality wines begin in the vineyard, and recognizing Ramona Valley as a premier wine region, the mission of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association is to educate wine grape growers in the Ramona Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) for the successful, sustainable and profitable production, promotion and marketing of quality wine grapes to AVA winemakers.
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In honor of Zoe McClellan, the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association has established the 'Zoe McClellan Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund'. This was a request from the McClellan family to remember Zoe in a lasting and meaningful way. Zoe and Rich McClellan were one of the pioneer grape-growing and wine-making families in the Ramona Valley, planting their first vineyard in 2006. They were both actively involved with the RVVA and the San Diego County Vintner's Association for many years.
In addition to her interests in growing grapes and making and selling wine, Zoe held a PhD and was a licensed psychotherapist. She was a huge supporter of and advocate for education. Thus, establishing an educational scholarship in her memory seems very fitting.
Although the specific details have yet to be finalized, the premise of the scholarship is to sponsor a student or students who express an interest in viticulture/enology at one of the local community colleges who offer certification programs in these areas. The idea is to support the expansion of the local wine-growing community and local education.
If you would like to contribute to this memorial educational fund in memory of our beloved Zoe McClellan, a PayPal account has been set up here specifically for that purpose. All donations made through this account will be earmarked expressly to fund the scholarship. Thanks so much for your donation and for contributing to Zoe's legacy.