Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop, Thurs. Nov. 18, 9-4

People interested in commercial wine-grape production are invited to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s next Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop, set for Nov. 18 in Fredericksburg.

The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $125 apiece or $200 for couples, is for those considering planting a commercial vineyard and those who already have planted and are thinking about expanding to commercial scale, said Penny Adams, the service’s viticulture adviser for the Texas Hill Country.

Online registration can be completed at and entering “wine” as the keyword, or by calling (979) 845-2604. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18.

The event will take place at the extension office in Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road.

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.


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


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
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