Longtime Mendocino County winegrape grower Bill Pauli was elected chairman of the California Association of Winegrape Growers at its Nov. 10 board meeting.

“As a past leader of the California Farm Bureau Federation, Bill brings tremendous leadership experience and a depth of knowledge about our industry and agriculture, generally, to his role as CAWG chair,” said John Aguirre, CAWG president. “CAWG members can expect very active leadership from Bill Pauli.”

Mr. Pauli, who along with his wife and sons runs Pauli Ranch, succeeds Kim L. Bronson, executive vice president of Vino Farms, as chairman of the association. Mr. Pauli is a past-president of the California Farm Bureau Federation and has served on the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

A third-generation farmer, Mr. Pauli grew up on a family farm in Potter Valley. He became a full-time farmer immediately after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, and shifted the farm's focus from pears to grapes. A few years later, he entered the winemaking business.

Today, he farms about 1,100 acres of vines in the Ukiah, Potter and Redwood valleys.