Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Spring Vineyard School 2011

Last Thursday my daughter, Becky (who is the Grape Marketing Coordinator for the WGGA) and I attended the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association (WGGA) Spring Vineyard School 2011 at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. This annual event hosted over 120 Wisconsin grape growers. Also in attendance were staff from the University of Wisconsin Extension and University of Wisconsin Agricultural Research Stations. Take a look at the action packed schedule below. Stay tuned for an article from The Country Today which will debut on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

WGGA Spring Vineyard School 2011 Schedule:
9:00-9:30 Registration
Coffee & pastries
Morning sessions will be held in large conference room.

9:30-10:30 Dr. Rebecca Harbut, Associate
Professor, University of Wisconsin
Vineyard Nutrient Management: Soil
Nutrients and How the Complexity of the Soil
Affects the Grape

10:30-12:00 Paul Gospodarczyk, Enology Instructor, Des Moines Area Community
College
Grape Quality: Optimizing the Quality of Grape Cultivars

12:00-12:15 Ryan Prellwitz, President, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association
(WGGA)
An Update on the Association’s Programs and Plans

12:15-12:45 Lunch (provided as part of registration fee)

Afternoon sessions are concurrent and outside in the vineyard. Please dress appropriately.

12:45-1:45
Session A: Philippe Coquard, Vintner and Owner, Wollersheim Winery
Pruning Grapes: First Year, Second Year, and the Veterans

Session B: Bruce Reeve, Vineyard Manager, Wollersheim Winery
How to Net a Vineyard: Protecting Quality Fruit from the Birds, and Mulching with New Technology

1:45-2:45
Session A: Philippe Coquard, Vintner and Owner, Wollersheim Winery
Pruning Grapes: First Year, Second Year, and the Veterans

Session B: Bruce Reeve, Vineyard Manager, Wollersheim Winery
How to Net a Vineyard: Protecting Quality Fruit from the Birds, and Mulching with New Technology

Here are a few pictures from the event:


Becky and me playing in the vineyard at Wollersheim Winery.
 
Dr. Rebecca Harbut speaks about Vineyard Nutrient Management.

WGGA Spring Vineyard School 2011 mulching demo.

Paul Gospodarczyk speaks about Grape Quality.

Becky and me at WGGA Spring Vineyard School 2011.

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