Prospective Winegrower Workshops

Grape growing is a labor intensive enterprise that requires significant up-front investment in comparison to many other agricultural crops. The Prospective Winegrower Workshop was created by the Texas AgriLife Extension Viticulture Team to educate farmers, entrepreneurs, or any individual considering planting a commercial vineyard. This one-day educational event consists of a series of presentations that provide an overview of the unique requirements and risks associated with establishment and operation of a commercial vineyard in Texas. The workshop is co-instructed by AgriLife Extension Viticulture Advisors at multiple locations throughout the state.

Workshop topics include:

* Vineyard Economics
* Necessary Viticulture Expertise
* Vineyard Site Considerations
* Risk Factors
* Vineyard Labor Requirements

Fee: $125, Lunch is provided ($200 per couple)
Register online: AgriLife Extension Events
Keyword Search: Wine

The Prospective Winegrower Workshop serves as a prerequisite for application to the Texas Viticulture Certificate Program, offered by Texas Tech University and Texas AgriLife Extension. Go to the Certificate Program website for information on this educational program.

2010

October 12 Lead Instructor: Fran Pontasch
Location: Pittsburg, TX
November 18 Lead Instructor: Penny Adams
Location: Fredericksburg, TX

2011

January 25 Lead Instructor: Fran Pontasch
Location: Stephenville, TX
March 16 Lead Instructor: Fritz Westover
Location: Houston, TX
May 2 Lead Instructor: Penny Adams
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
June 17 Lead Instructor: Dusty Timmons
Location: Lubbock, TX

Prospective TX Viticulturists: Grape Camp Fredericksburg, Tx Nov. 7 & 8, 2010

TWGGA & Agrilife Extension of Texas A&M Host a Grape Camp Nov. 7 & 8, 2010 in Fredericksburg, TX.

The annual Grape Camp is educational programming designed and delivered by theTexas AgriLife Extension Service for commercial vineyard owners and for anyone interested in learning about grape growing in Texas.

Grape Camp Fredericksburg, Tx

Register Here

Great Article on High Plains Wine Growers

Cotton-to-wine grape transition pays off http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-grape-transition-0713/

My favorite part of the article, “We need more growers,” said Newsom, immediate past-president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. “We need to significantly increase grape acreage – double or triple it – to meet the demand of wineries.”

Interested in getting some acreage planted on your current land? Better do your research.

Ask me about soil testing to see what you have to work with and how to get started….

Starting a Vineyard – Continued 2

New Texas Ag Extension Resource website: http://www.extension.org/grapes

Reprinted courtesy of UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

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