Fiola honored as ‘inspiring’ in national publication
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A national wine industry publication has named a University of Maryland viticulture expert one of 2020’s most inspiring people in the industry.
Joe Fiola, an Extension specialist who manages the viticulture and fruit research program at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’s Western Maryland research center, was lauded last week by the Wine Industry Advisor for his contributions to “the entire Mid-Atlantic wine community over the past 30-plus years.”
The Advisor is a wine news website based in Sonoma County, Calif.
Fiola has more than 25 years of research experience with small fruit production and breeding, viticulture and enology and holds 10 patents for developing new bramble and strawberry varieties. His viticulture and enology program is focused on variety testing, including new and imported varieties, as well as cultural practices and health benefits.
“Joe has been a great help to the industry,” Ed Boyce, co-owner of Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Md., told the publication. “I could point to a lot of specific things he has done for us, but I really think his infectious enthusiasm is the best thing about him. Optimism is a rare commodity in farming, but Joe keeps his sunny outlook despite all the issues we face on a yearly basis.”
The publication also detailed some of Fiola’s current work including Italian and Swiss grape varieties he’s testing.
The publication honored others from the wine industry, including Ashley Trout, a Walla Walla, Wash., winemaker; Gretchen Boock, CEO of Dobbes Family Winery in Oregon; and Peter Mondavi Jr., co-owner of C Mondavi & Family, the oldest winery in the Napa Valley. Six other honorees have yet to be named.
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