Meeting set for prospective wine grape growers

MCKINNEY — A two-day event for people interested in learning to grow wine grapes has been set for April 21-22 at the Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney.

The course is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.mon April 21. The vineyard tour is 9-11 a.m  on April 22.

Grape Clusters (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

Grape Clusters (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

Dr. Justin Scheiner, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service viticulturist in College Station, will present information to help people understand commercial wine grape production before investing money and resources into such an enterprise.

Scheiner said topics include essential viticulture knowledge, vineyard site selection, risk factors, labor requirements and the economics of owning and maintaining a commercial vineyard.

The event costs $125 per person or $200 per couple and includes lunch, beverages and study materials. It is limited to 50 people, and registration is due by April 16. Information is available at http://collin.agrilife.org or 972-548-4233.

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