HOUSTON — A Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Harris County, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston.
“This workshop was created by the AgriLife Extension viticulture team as a means to educate farmers, entrepreneurs or any other individual considering planting a commercial vineyard about what is generally involved in that sort of enterprise,” said Fritz Westover, AgriLife Extension viticulture adviser for the Gulf Coast based in Houston “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 workshop 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 program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Workshop 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. More information on this program can be found at http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/viticulturecertificate.html.
Registration is $150 per individual or $250 per couple, and lunch is included. To register, go to the Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services website at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter the word “wine’ in the site’s keyword search field.
For more information on other viticulture-related educational programs, go to http://winegrapes.tamu.edu.