Dr. Tony K. Wolf
Virginia Tech, Professor of Viticulture
Grapevine nutrition (N-P-K): Beyond the basics
Discussion will integrate recent research results of nitrogen nutrition of intensively cover-cropped vineyards in the mid-Atlantic region and revised recommendations used with potassium fertilization. Comments on unusual situations with other nutrients, including phosphorus and micro-nutrients will also be made.
Chateau Elan Winery, Winemaker
Muscadine vs. Vinifera: The Winemaking Approach
A descriptive journey into the winemaking techniques that best apply to the muscadine varieties. Starting from the crushing pad to the bottling line, a sequence of steps leading to the production of a premium quality muscadine wine.
Dr. Cain Hickey
UGA, Viticulture Extension Specialist
Growing Your Blend
Blending is a winemaking tool. However, blending components (i.e. grapes) are grown in the vineyard. This talk focuses on cultivar selection and vineyard management strategies, two considerations that change the quality and quantity of grapes used for blending.
UGA, MS Graduate Research Assistant
Retro-fitting Vertically Shoot-Positioned Petit Manseng to Improve Vineyard Crop Yield
Vertical-shoot positioning (VSP) is the most popular way to train wine grapes. However, it can limit crop production and leaf area compared to other systems. We retro-fitted a tight VSP trellis to accommodate three different pruning treatments as well as a sprawl canopy. Spur, cane, and double cane pruning were each tested within a tight and sprawl VSP system. Overall, the double cane pruning increased crop yield by 40% in comparison to a tight VSP with cordon pruning. There was no difference in the soluble solids (Brix) or pH in the analysis on the harvested fruit.
Burrus Wine Consulting
Hybrid Varietal Winemaking: Cellar Production Methods
We'll explore popular hybrids such as Norton, Chambourcin, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Chardonel, and its production methods in the cellar.
Director of Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office
Virginia Wines: Moving Forward With Marketing
The Virginia Wine Region has slowly garnered regional and national awareness though a coordinated marketing effort. Annette will talk about how the industry is structured and funded as well as some of the more successful programs that have yielded results for Virginia.