October 14, 2010

Prospective wine-grape grower workshop set Nov. 18 in Fredericksburg

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575  
Contact(s): Penny Adams, 830-997-7047, psadams@ag.tamu.edu  
FREDERICKSBURG – Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop program for people interested in commercial wine-grape production from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Nov. 18.

The program will take place at the AgriLife Extension office for Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with presentations to follow.

“This workshop will be useful to those considering planting a commercial vineyard or for those who already have a vineyard and are thinking about expanding to a commercial scale,” said Penny Adams, AgriLife Extension viticulture advisor for the Texas Hill Country.

Adams said the workshop was developed to address concerns small-scale producers have prior to committing valuable resources towards a commercial vineyard enterprise. Topics include necessary viticulture expertise, vineyard site selection, risk factors, vineyard labor requirements and vineyard economics.

She added that a practical demonstration of vineyard post installation by an air-driven post driver would be provided by the Power Post Driver Company during the workshop.

Adams said AgriLife Extension presents a prospective grower workshop every six to eight weeks in regions of Texas conducive to wine-grape production, and that the workshop is a prerequisite for registration and acceptance into the Texas Tech Viticulture Certificate Program.

"Also, if an individual decides to plant a vineyard after completing this informative workshop, AgriLife Extension also offers an array of more advanced programs to teach the nuts and bolts of grape growing in Texas," she added.

The cost for the prospective grower workshop is $125 per person or $200 per couple, and includes educational materials and lunch.

Online registration for the workshop can be completed by going to the AgriLife Conference Services website, http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and entering "Wine" as the keyword.

For more program information, contact Adams at 830-997-7047 or psadams@ag.tamu.edu.

More information on growing wine grapes in Texas can be found at http://winegrapes.tamu.edu.