Texas: Prospective Wine-Grape Growers Workshop, Eddy, Sept. 14

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    Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service viticulture and enology experts will conduct a workshop Sept. 14 for prospective wine-grape growers and those interested in learning more about the wine industry.

    The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kissing Tree Vineyards, 109 W. 3rd St. in Eddy, located between Temple and Waco. Program registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

    “The workshop is for anyone inside or outside the state wanting to know more about the pros and cons of growing wine grapes and the winemaking industry,” said Fran Pontasch, AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist, College Station.

    Pontasch and Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist at Denton, along with program sponsors, have put together an agenda of concerns that should be addressed before or very soon after entering the winemaking industry.

    “Necessary infrastructure, labor and economic requirements, how and where to begin, and characteristics of a good site are among the topics,” Pontasch said.

    Early registration is $125 per person or $200 per couple. After Sept. 5, registration is $150 per person or $250 per couple. The workshop fee includes lunch, prepared by the Kissing Tree Vineyard’s chef.

    For additional information, contact Pontasch at 979-458-0103 or fmpontasch@tamu.edu, or Cook at 940-349-2896 or m.cook@tamu.edu.

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