Northern grapes project webinar series starts soon

A variety of production, enology and marketing topics are scheduled for the Northern Grapes Project webinar series which runs from November 2014 to April 2015.

The fourth season of the Northern Grapes Project educational webinar series launches on Nov. 20.  Topics explore both basic and new information of interest to growers and winery operators in cold climates presented by university, industry and producers. Webinars are about one hour long and must be viewed on a high-speed connection such as LAN, DSL, Satellite or Cable. 

Registration opens 2-3 weeks prior to each session and is communicated directly to those on the webinar email list. To join the mailing list, send an email via the Contact Us page  on the Northern Grapes Project website. 

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my position as manager of the Northern Grapes Project is coordinating the webinar series,” said Chrislyn A. Particka, Extension Support Specialist at Cornell University. “Most of the cold hardy vineyard and winery owners are relatively inexperienced, and the webinar series has been an effective way to give them the information they need.  We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from our viewers, and it’s great to hear how much they appreciate and utilize the information we’re presenting.”

Upcoming sessions are listed below.

November 20, 2014

Trellis Design and Construction and Pruning Fundamentals Prior to Your First Cut - Steve Lerch, Cornell University and Mike White, Iowa State University

December 16, 2014

Stuck on you – Sulfur Spray Residues in the Vineyard and Winery - Chris Gerling and Gavin Sacks, Cornell University

January 13, 2015

Emerging Cold Hardy Wine Grape Cultivars - Tom Plocher, Northern Winework, Inc. and Mark Hart, Mt. Ashwabay Vineyard & Orchard

February 10, 2015

Comparing and Contrasting Vertical Shoot Positioning and Top Wire Cordon Training Systems - Tim Martinson, Cornell University; Bob Utter, Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery; and John Thull, University of Minnesota

March 10, 2015

Tannin Addition and Retention in Red Hybrid Wines - Anna Katharine Mansfield, Cornell University

April 14, 2015

Branding Studies for Cold Climate Wines - Bill Gartner, University of Minnesota

Previous webinars may be viewed at the Northern Grapes Project website. 

This effort is part of the Northern Grapes Project, an initiative recognizing the emergence of cold hardy, Vitis riparia-based wine grape cultivars in the 1990’s created a new and rapidly expanding industry of small vineyard and winery enterprises in more than 12 states in New England, northern New York and the Upper Midwest, boosting rural economies in those regions. The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

To request free counseling from Michigan State University Extension and MSU Product Center staff for your winery business, go to, or call 517-432-8750.

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