Annual winery, grape growers forum March 5 to 7
Grape growers and winery professionals will have the opportunity to hone their skills and increase their knowledge at the 12th annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show.
The show, scheduled for March 5 to 7 at the Kearney Holiday Inn and Conference Center, will bring together new and experienced grape growers and winery professionals from the Midwest for a series of educational sessions.
The goal of the conference is to provide up-to-date information that will assist established growers and those considering establishing a vineyard, said Paul Read, UNL horticulture and viticulture professor. The program has focus areas for existing winery personnel and for those interested in starting a winery.
Workshops for beginning vineyard operators and those considering starting one will take place the first day. Other features include a wine reception, a banquet and a large trade show.
Special topics will include grafting, agritourism as it relates to Nebraska vineyards and wineries and panel discussions about hybrid grape cultivars that are the backbone of Nebraska's grape and wine industry, Read said.
Among the featured speakers will be Mark Chien, wine grape educator for Penn State University's Cooperative Extension Division and a world-renowned viticulturist, who will talk about the wine-making industry.
Patrick Pierquet, a winemaker for Galena Cellars in Illinois, will discuss some of the background that has gone into the breeding and development of grape cultivars that are of significant importance to Nebraska's industry.
Michael Murphy, a specialist in yeast types with Scott Laboratories, will discuss yeast selections and their management and how to best choose the right yeast for a specific cultivar and wine style.
Cost of the conference is $110 for members of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association and $120 for non-members. To register go to http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture or call 402-472-8747.