Vineyard establishment considerations focus of Dec. 4 Fredericksburg workshop

FREDERICKSBURG – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 4 for people interested in commercial wine-grape production.

The program will be held at the AgriLife Extension office for Gillespie County, located at 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg.

Cutline: A Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop will be held June 17 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Lubbock. Topics will include necessary viticulture expertise, site selection, risk factors, labor requirements and the economics of a commercial vineyard operation. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

A workshop  for prospective wine-grape growers will be held  Dec. 4 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Fredericksburg. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Site registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m.

“This workshop is beneficial to those landowners considering planting a commercial vineyard or those thinking about expanding a smaller operation to a commercial scale,” said Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension specialist in pomology and viticulture in Gillespie County. “The commercial wine-grape industry is growing in the Hill Country and in other areas of Texas conducive to growing wine grapes, and prospective growers really need to do their homework before planting.”

Kamas said program topics will include necessary viticulture expertise, site selection, risk factors, labor requirements and economics. The final hour of the program will be spent at the Texas A&M AgriLife Viticulture and Fruit Laboratory to review vineyard layout, trellis design, necessary vineyard equipment and irrigation logistics.

The cost for the workshop is $200 per person or $250 per couple, which includes instruction, educational materials and lunch.

Online registration for the workshop can be completed by going to the AgriLife Conference Services website at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ and entering “winegrape” in the search field.

For more program information, contact the  AgriLife Extension office for Gillespie County at 830-997-7047 or j-kamas@tamu.edu.

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