Register for the 2023 Northwest Michigan Grape Spring Kickoff hybrid meeting on April 14

The spring meeting will cover a range of important topics including establishing and expanding vineyards, sap flow pruning techniques, effective trunk disease management, accurate crop estimation and low SO2 winemaking methods.

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Photo by Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar, MSU Extension.

We are very excited to welcome grape growers from all over Michigan and the Midwest to the 2023 Northwest Michigan Grape Kickoff hybrid meeting from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 14 at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.

This year, the kick-off meeting will include enology and viticulture talks. It will be a hybrid meeting, and five Michigan Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) applicator recertification credits for private and commercial fruit will be offered to the audience.

Registration fee for non-P45 members is $45. P45 members will only be charged $25, and $10 for virtual attendees.

Advance registration is required. Registration closes at midnight on Thursday, April 13, so don’t miss out! On the morning of the meeting, virtual participants will receive a Zoom link and will need to download Zoom to their computer or smartphone to participate.

Register for the 2023 Northwest Michigan Grape Kickoff Meeting


8:00 a.m.

Registration Desk Opens

MSU Extension


Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar, MSU Extension

9:00-9:05 a.m.


Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar

MSU Extension

9:10-9:55 a.m.

Low SO2 Winemaking Methods

Karl Lehmann


10:00-10:45 a.m.

Low SO2 winemaking methods continued (w/Q&A)

10:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Making an Accurate Crop Estimation (zoom)

Adam Bright

Winemakers LLC

12:00-1:00 p.m.


MSU Extension

1:05-1:40 p.m.

Building up a vineyard 

Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar

MSU Extension

1:45-2:20 p.m.

Sap Flow Pruning

Bryan Berenguer

Chemeketa Cellars
Oregon State University

2:25-3:00 p.m.

Trunk Disease Management


Oregon State University

2:25- 2:55 p.m.


All of the speakers will be on the panel.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Focused Tasting, 3 Varietals:
Clarion, A new variety from the University of Minnesota
Locally produced: Petite Pearl and Teroldego
Growers & Winemakers discuss growing and winemaking for these three varieties.
Social hour, to follow. Bring an uncommon varietal to share or something else too.

U of MN lead information on Clarion.
Winemaker/Grower talk on P.Pear/Teroldego


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