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Grape School And Pruning Workshop

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    Fri, March 1, 2024 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Biltmore Estate Vineyard
702 Brevard Road
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Event Focuses on Production Updates for Commercial Wine Grape Growers

This education event offered by Henderson & Buncombe County Extension will highlight various areas of viticulture including: Biltmore Vineyard History, USDA-TAP Program, Sustainable Practices for Wine Grape Growing, Major Diseases to Manage in the SE, Pruning Demos and more. Lunch included with Registration.


Location: Biltmore Long Valley Barn

8:30-9:00 Registration, Coffee, and Pastries

9:00-9:10 Welcome: Philip Oglesby, Biltmore Estate Vineyard Manager & Sharon Fenchak, Biltmore Estate Winemaker

9:10-9:30 Biltmore Vineyard History, Evolution, and Present State-Philip Oglesby

9:30-9:50 Overview of the Biltmore Estate Winery-Sharon Fenchak

9:50-10:10 USDA TAP Program-How it Works for Vineyards-Kelly Springs & Charles Zink, USDA Farm Service Agency

10:10-10:30 BREAK

10:30-11:15 Sustainable Practices for Wine Grape Growing-Joe Doccola, Owner Corkscrew Willow Vineyard

11:15-12:00 Viticulture Program Update and Major Diseases to Manage in the SE- Dr. Sarah Lowder, Viticulture Specialist, UGA

12:00-12:15 Introduction of New NC State Viticulture Scholar-Dr. Alexa McDaniel, NCSU

12:15-1:00 Lunch & Networking (Lunch Catered by The Creamery at Biltmore)

Drive to the Biltmore Vineyard Office/Vineyard (20 mins)

1:20-2:20 Increase Vineyard Health with Correct Grapevine Pruning(Outside Demo)-Dr. Mark Hoffmann, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NCSU

2:20-3:15 Wine Tasting and Group Discussion: Promising Varietals for the Mountain Region(Inside Vineyard Office)-Sharon Fenchak & Dr. Mark Hoffmann

This meeting has been approved for 2 hours of pesticide credits in the following categories (D, N, O, and X). Please bring your pesticide license with you to the meeting to receive credit.

*If you are attending the Hands-on Pruning Demo please come dressed for outdoor weather conditions and bring your own pruning tools.

Lunch Included:Options Below: Includes Chips, Cookie, and Bottled Water

  • Turkey and Provolone on wheat
  • Ham and Provolone on wheat
  • Roast Beef and Provolone on wheat
  • Veggie Wrap (Red Pepper Hummus on a spinach wrap with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta)
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