Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Information on VVA 2015 (re-post)

Here comes information on this year's VVA meeting!

If you are new to the industry, please consider attending VA vineyards association’s annual meeting.  This year, we have a half-day beginner’s workshop on Thursday the Feb 5th

Introduction to mid-Atlantic wine grape production
When: 5 February 2015
Where: Omni Hotel, Charlottesville VA (part of the VVA’s winter technical meeting) Registration: At VVA website (http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/)
Details: This will be a team-taught program designed for those either exploring grape production or recently engaged in wine grape growing. Program will be followed by a reception with experienced grape growers and winery representatives.

Virginia Vineyards Association’s winter technical meeting When: 6 -7 February 2015
Where: Omni Hotel, Charlottesville VA
Registration: At VVA website (http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/). The meeting is open to all, not just VVA members. The program timing details are provided at the VVA website. The following provides a bit more explanation as to what each topic will cover, day by day.

There will be many good talks in viticulture and enology as usual.  In terms of disease management, there will be several sessions: 1) Virus panel (Friday), 2) Research updates (Saturday), 3) Interactive discussion session (Saturday), and 4) Winter injury/disease. 

Hope to see you soon!

Pruning workshops (re-posting)

It looks like there were some errors with my previous posting, so, here you go again!

2015 Virginia Cooperative Extension pruning workshops

Specialists with Virginia Tech’s AHS Jr. AREC and local Virginia Cooperative Extension agents will conduct two commercial viticulture pruning workshops in January. These workshops will involve classroom style presentations followed by guided practice in the vineyard. Both programs will provide a review of the fundamentals of dormant pruning. Moving to the vineyard we will then focus on pruning strategies for vines with winter injury and crown gall where trunk-renewal and retraining are necessary to compensate for injury sustained in the 2013/2014 winter.

There will be two meetings!

Meeting #1
When: January 19th 2015 (Central Virginia) @11:30am
Where: Democracy Vineyards http://democracyvineyards.com/
585 Mountain Cove Rd.,
Lovingston VA 22949

Meeting #2
When: January 23rd 2015 (Northern Virginia) @ 11:30 am
Where: Desert Rose Ranch and Winery http://desertrosewinery.com/
13726 Hume Road
Hume VA 22639

Details for both pruning workshops:
  • Meet at 11:30 am at the winery
  • Bag lunch indoors at the winery (bring your own lunch)
  • Session ends by 16:00
  • No registration or cost; open to all
  • Bring pruning shears and prepare to be outside rain or shine

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Tremain Hatch, AHS Jr. AREC at (540) 869-2560 ext. 11 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Upcoming meetings in Winter 2015

Happy New Year to everybody!  Here comes a series of meetings offered through our group.  Hope to see you soon!! 

2014 Virginia Cooperative Extension pruning workshops

Specialists with Virginia Tech’s AHS Jr. AREC and local Virginia Cooperative Extension agents will conduct two commercial viticulture pruning workshops in January. These workshops will involve classroom style presentations followed by guided practice in the vineyard. Both programs will provide a review of the fundamentals of dormant pruning. Moving to the vineyard we will then focus on pruning strategies for vines with winter injury and crown gall where trunk-renewal and retraining are necessary to compensate for injury sustained in the 2013/2014 winter.

When: January 19th 2015 (Central Virginia) @11:30am
Where: Democracy Vineyards http://democracyvineyards.com/
585 Mountain Cove Rd., Lovingston VA 22949

When: January 23rd 2015 (Northern Virginia) @ 11:30 am
Where: Desert Rose Ranch and Winery http://desertrosewinery.com/
13726 Hume Road Hume VA 22639
Details for both pruning workshops:
  • Meet at 11:30 am at the winery
  • Bag lunch indoors at the winery (bring your own lunch)
  • Session ends by 16:00
  • No registration or cost; open to all
  • Bring pruning shears and prepare to be outside rain or shine
    If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Tremain Hatch, AHS Jr. AREC at (540) 869-2560 ext. 11 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
    *TDD number is
    (800) 828-1120.
Introduction to mid-Atlantic wine grape production
When: 5 February 2015
Where: Omni Hotel, Charlottesville VA (part of the VVA’s winter technical meeting) Registration: At VVA website (http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/)
Details: This will be a team-taught program designed for those either exploring grape production or recently engaged in wine grape growing. Program will be followed by a reception with experienced grape growers and winery representatives. 

Virginia Vineyards Association’s winter technical meeting
When: 6 -7 February 2015
Where: Omni Hotel, Charlottesville VA
Registration: At VVA website (http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/). The meeting is open to all, not just VVA members. The program timing details are provided at the VVA website. The following provides a bit more explanation as to what each topic will cover, day by day.