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New Grape Growers Extension Meeting - Asheville, NC

Host location:

Chris Denesha, Plēb Urban Winery, 289 Lyman Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Registration: Not required - just show up!

Panel discussion:

Panel Lead: Karen Blaedow, Horticulture Agent, NCSU Cooperative Extension, Henderson County, NC Tremain Hatch, Virginia Tech Viticulture Extension Specialist Eric Case, Vineyard Manager, Burnshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville NC Cain Hickey, University of Georgia Viticulture Extension Specialist Mark Hoffmann, North Carolina State University Small Fruits Extension Specialist Chris Denesha, Plēb Urban Winery, Asheville NC


8:30 AM Registration, Coffee and snacks provided

9:00 AM: Introduction of the host and the panel. Introduction of the newly build Western and Eastern NC viticulture teams. Introduction to Online Resources in the South East (Cains Blog, Tonys Homepage,, NCSU grape portal, etc.). Mark Hoffmann

9:30 – 10:30 AM: The Costs:

9:30 AM: Vineyard Business planning and cash flows, Tremain Hatch

10:00 AM: Budget considerations for the successful establishment of a vinifera/hybrid vineyard, Eric Case

10:10 AM: Open Q+A to Panel

10:30 AM – 12 noon: New vineyard Establishment - What is important?

10:30 AM: How to select a site and a variety? Cain Hickey

11:10 AM: Fundamental knowledge on disease and pest management for new and unexperienced growers. Mark Hoffmann

11:40 AM: Open Q+A to Panel

Noon: Lunch on your own - food trucks will be available

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Management of an existing vineyard – What if I inherit a mess?

1:00 PM: Trellis and Training: Fundamentals and how to identify and clean up mistakes, Tremain Hatch

1:45 PM: Learning and avoiding mistakes - a vineyard managers perspective, Eric Case

2:00 PM Open Q+A to Panel

2:15 – 3 PM: Winery Block:

2:15 PM: Fundamental considerations for winery establishment, Chris Denesha

2:45 - 3 PM: Open Q+A to Panel

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Schedules, Workshops and Resources for grape growers in the Southeast, Mark Hoffmann

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Panel Q+A - Grower Considerations

Lead: Karen Blaedow, NC Cooperative Extension

4:30 PM: Adjourn