HOUSTON — A Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 14 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for Harris County, 3033 Bear Creek Drive in Houston.
The AgriLife Extension viticulture team is hosting the workshop.
“This workshop was created by the team as a means to educate farmers, entrepreneurs or any other individual considering planting a commercial vineyard of what is generally involved in that sort of enterprise,” said Fritz Westover, AgriLife Extension viticulture adviser for the Gulf Coast. “It was developed to help small-scale producers determine if it is both economically feasible and individually suitable for them to commit to a commercial vineyard enterprise.”
Westover said the day-long program consists of a series of presentations that provide an overview of the “unique requirements and risks associated with establishing and operating a commercial vineyard in Texas.”
The workshop begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations and instruction. Topics include necessary viticulture expertise, site selection, risk factors, labor requirements and economics.
Westover noted workshop attendance also is a prerequisite for registration and acceptance into the Texas Tech Viticulture Certificate Program.
Registration is $150 per individual or $250 per couple, lunch included, and can be completed online at the Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services website, http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu. For specific workshop information, enter the word “wine’ in the site’s keyword search field.
More information on the professional viticulture certification program can be found at http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/viticulturecertificate.html. More information on additional viticulture education programs and on wine-grape growing in Texas can be found at http://winegrapes.tamu.edu.