This calendar is a guide to regional viticulture and enology events.  Please check with the host of each event or its web site for more information.  It will be updated regularly.  If you have an event that you would like to post, please contact Mark Chien at mlc12@psu.edu.

2014 VITICULTURE AND ENOLOGY REGIONAL EVENTS CALENDAR will be updated on a regular basis.  Please check it frequently for events of interest to you and save important dates on your calendar.  Contact Mark Chien if you have any questions or wish to add an event to the calendar. 

Eastern wine states often have a vineyard/grape and-or wine associations that hosts a winter meeting.  Programs normally include viticulture and enology technical, marketing sessions and a business meeting.  Some offer a trade show and all are a great place for networking, learning and fellowship, and a nice break from pruning. 

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of on-line and short courses for education and training of vineyard and winery professionals, including a wine making certificate program.  These courses are an excellent supplement to formal education and on-the-job training. 

Research summits for the USDA-SCRI Eastern Grapes Project will be offered at annual meetings in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and New York (see listings below marked "SCRI") 

Upcoming events in Pennsylvania (in bold print) and around the region (last updated 1.15.2014):

January           

8           Pruning and bud necrosis workshop at Democracy Vineyard in Lovingston, VA from 1 to 3 p.m. Lunch at noon.  Call 434-263-4036 for information and registration. 

14         BenchMark Wine Tasting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 252 of the Food Science Bldg at University Park, PA.  Participants will taste six flights of several wine varieties and styles from different regions. Goals include: learning professional wine sensory evaluation, recording tasting notes for each wine and discussion of wines.  $55 registration fee includes lunch.  Information and registration is forthcoming.  Please mark your calendar!  Contact Denise Gardner for more information.

14-15    Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show in Traverse City, MI.  More information coming. 

17         Long Island Horticulture Conference, Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, NY. A morning viticulture session focuses on wine growing issues including spotted wing drosophila, red blotch virus and weather station prediction systems. 

23         Winter Injury Workshop, Ohio State Univ Extension from 1-3 PM at 39 Wall St in Jefferson, OH. Topics include winter injury assessment and managing/pruning damaged vines, and a hands-on demonstration of cutting buds. Bring canes for practice and evaluation.  Prior to this workshop there will be a mechanical pre-pruning demo at Ferrante Winery at 11 a.m. in Geneva, OH.  Workshops are free but pre-register with Diane Kinney at 330-263-3914. 

26         Pennsylvania Wine Excellence XII. Harrisburg Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg, PA. 2 PM.  PWS hosts its own PA wine competition, organized by Dr. Gary Pavlis from Rutgers. Many of the state’s best wines are featured at this tasting.  Click HERE for information about the society, events and program registration.

27        Pruning Workshop. 9 AM-NOON. Waltz Vineyard in Manheim, PA. Demonstration and explanation of commercial pruning methods, vine balance, training and trellis systems for wine vineyards. Please bring pruning shears and dress accordingly.

27-28    Wine Quality Improvement (WQI): Wine Sensory Defect Identification, Prevention and Remediation. Penn State Food Science Bldg, Main Campus. The 2-day workshop assists wineries on implementing quality assurance programs based on standardized wines sensory evaluation techniques with a focus on identification, prevention and remediation of wine defects.   The $200 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and class materials.  For a full program information and registration, click HERE or call Denise Gardner at 814-867-0431.

28-30    Unified Grape and Wine Symposium.  Sacramento, CA.  I believe this is now the largest vineyard and winery conference and trade show in the U.S. It’s California-centric but big enough to have something for everyone.

30-2/1   Virginia Vineyards Association Annual Winter Technical Meeting.  Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, VA.  This is always one of the best meetings in the East featuring practical information and research from Virginia Tech, and a trade show.  A beginner grape grower workshop will be offered on 1/30 and SCRI summit on 2/1.  Check the VVA website for program information and registration.

31-2/2    North Carolina Winegrowers Association Annual Meeting. Embassy Suites Hotel in Winston-Salem. NC offers a wide range of viticulture and enology topics. SCRI summit on 2/2.

February

5-8        Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Farming for the Future Conference. State College, PA.  This is the granddaddy of sustainable agriculture in the region, covering oodles of topics, excellent speakers, a large trade show and delicious local foods.  Holistic management, soil management, advanced orchard health are a few of the topics that may interest wine growers.  Click HERE for information and registration. 

4-6        Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and Trade Show. St. Charles, Missouri.  This is the biggie for the Midwest region and offers practical viticulture, wine making and marketing information with a midwest emphasis. 

7-9       Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Annual Meeting. Sheraton Hotel. Towson, MD.  This year's meeting features a new grape grower workshop and Tom Payette, respected regional wine making consultant on the program.

11        Northern Grapes Project webinar (at noon and 7 p.m.): Are you Feeding Your Yeast? The Importance of YAN for a Healthy Fermentation. Lack of sufficient nutrients can cause stuck, sluggish, or stinky fermentations, while excessive YAN leads to diminished aromatic complexity and increased potential for microbial spoilage.  YAN is difficult to measure and impossible to guesstimate, but many winemakers rely on prophylactic nutrient additions to keep fermentations healthy.  Presented by Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, research enologist at Cornell University.  Webinar is free but pre-registration is required. 

14         Pruning Workshop in the Finger Lakes in Jordan Hall at NYSAES in Geneva, NY from 1-4 p.m. Brief indoor session to learn proper techniques then demonstration and practice on 3 different trellis systems.  Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required, call 315-536-5134. Dress accordingly and bring a pair of pruning shears. 

16        Maryland Pruning Clinic at J. Rose Vineyard in Damascus, MD.  Rain or shine. Cost is $15 for MGGA member, $26 for non-members.  Workshops in clude overview of grapevine basics, early vineyard management practices, herbicide and fungicide use, vineyard safety and more.  Contact Jan Rieke for more information at 301-368-3464.  Pre-register on-line at the MGGA website.

17-18    Ohio Grape and Wine Conference.  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Columbus, OH.  New grape grower session, marketing, viticulture and enology sessions and trade show. J.L Groux, wine maker at Stratus Vineyard in Ontario, Dr. Tony Wolf from Virginia Tech and Dr. Gavin Sacks, research enologist at Cornell make up this outstanding program.  Click HERE for program, registration and information. SCRI summit on 2/17.

18         Microbiological Techniques for Small Commercial Wineries. Penn State Food Science Building, Main Campus. This one-day workshop will introduce attendees to the microorganisms that are involved through wine processing. Techniques on how to identify the presence of these microorganisms and control them in the winery will be discussed. Two hands-on microbiology labs are included. This workshop is geared towards educating cellar workers, enologists, and QA technicians. $100 per person, pre-registration is required. Click HERE for full program and registration. 

18       Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum sponsored by USDA-NE SARE broadcast to 40 locations in the Northeast including extension offices in Towanda, Meadsville and Bloomsburg, and the Eden Resort in Lancaster. The forums are open to anyone who would like to hear about and discuss the prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements on American farms and ranches. The broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST. Discuss with fellow forum participants how cover cropping can build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience into your farming system. It is free to participate.

19      New Grape Grower Workshop.  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Lancaster, PA. This is an intensive and comprehensive overview of what is needed to start a commercial wine vineyard in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cost is $125 per person. Call Mark Chien at 717.394.6851 for information.

19        Pruning  and grape IPM workshop at Upper Shirley Vineyards offered by Virginia Tech extension from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  No registration is required. Directions can be found on the VA Tech viticulture website. Contact Tremain Hatch at 540-869-2560 x 11 for more information.

19-20    Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Two days of viticulture and enology sessions with an expanded trade show.  An excellent opportunity to visit this outstanding wine region. Call Jeff Graybill at 717.394.6851 for information. 

20         PA Pesticide Recertification Class - 2 sessions on this date: 9:30 a.m. to noon and 7-9 p.m. at the Hoffman Building at the Solanco Fairgrounds, Quarryville (Lancaster County). 2 core and 2 category credits available.  Cost is $5.  No registration. 

20         Grape IPM workshop offered by Virginia Tech Extension at the Philip Carter Winery in Hume, VA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required.  Contact Tremain Hatch for more information at 540-869-2560 x11. 

20-22    Cold Climate Conference.  Crowne Plaza, St Paul, MN.  For cold climate wine growers, this is the best conference on the calendar and an opportunity to go ice fishing. Speakers this year include John Thull (UMN), Dr. Tim Martinson (Cornell),  Dr. Karin Pednault (Universitie Laval, Quebec), Dr. Carl Rosen (UMN), Mike White (Iowa State Univ).  Program information and registration are available at http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference

22        Grape Expectations Seminar at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Twshp, NJ.  This is a day long series of lectures by professionals in viticulture, enology and wine marketing.  Lectures are designed to present new and relevant information to professionals and amateurs involved with grape growing and the wine industry.  A fiull program and registration will be available in January.  Please direct questions to Dr. Gary Pavlis at pavlis@aesop.rutgers.edu

22         Maryland Pruning Clinic at Clovelly Nurseries in Chestertown, MD.  Rain or shine. Cost is $15 for MGGA member, $26 for non-members.  Workshops in clude overview of grapevine basics, early vineyard management practices, herbicide and fungicide use, vineyard safety and more.  Contact Mark Patrick for more information at 410-924-6020.  Ron Wates is the instructor.  Bring pruning shears and dress for the weather.  Pre-register on-line at the MGGA website.

26-28    Michigan Wine and Grape Conference. Grand Traverse Resort, Acme.  Featured speakers are John Martini from Anthony Road Winery, Lise Asimont from Coppola and Dave Haviland.

27-28,3/1    Business, Enology and Viticulture (BEV) New York.  Holiday Inn in Waterloo, NY.  This 3 day meeting combines the Finger Lakes Grape Program with Cornell Enology Extension to cover a wide range of topics. Trade show and wine social are included. Presentations by Cornell viticulture and enology reseachers and extension educators.  "SCRI"  More meeting information to come. 

March

1         Maryland Pruning Clinic at Jubilee Farm in Leonardtown, MD.  Rain or shine. Cost is $15 for MGGA member, $26 for non-members.  Workshops in clude overview of grapevine basics, early vineyard management practices, herbicide and fungicide use, vineyard safety and more.  Contact Lauren Horlock for more information at 301-609-1055.  Bob White is the instructor.  Bring pruning shears and dress for the weather.  Pre-register on-line at the MGGA website.

3         Pennsylvania Winey Association Annual Meeting.  Marriott Hotel. Lancaster, PA. Viticulture, enology, and marketing topics with the annual business meeting and awards banquet.  For information, please call at 717-234-1844 or visit www.pennsylvaniawine.com.   

3-6        Eastern Winery Exposition, Lancaster, PA. Marriott Hotel and conference center, Lancaster, PA.  This is the third year for this trade show and conference for the eastern wine industry, sponsored by Wines & Vines, and it keeps getting bigger. A great opportunity for industry networking and checking out new equipment for the vineyard and cellar, as well as an excellent viticulture, enology and marketing program. Click HERE for program information and registration.

4          Pruning  and grape IPM workshop offered by Virginia Tech Extension at The Nelson Center in Lovingston, VA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration.  Contact Tremain Hatch at 540-869-2560 x 11 for more information.

4         Winter Injury Workshop hosted by Ohio State Extension from 1-3 PM at the OSUE-South Centers in Piketon, OH.  This meeting is part of the Small Fruit production workshop and will cover winter injury assessment and management.  There is a registration fee for this event, please contact Charrisa McGlothin at 740-289-2071 x132 for information and to pre-register. 

6         Pruning  and grape IPM workshop offered by Virginia Tech Extension at Ingleside Vineyard in Oak Grove, VA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration.  Contact Tremain Hatch at 540-869-2560 x 11 for more information. 

6         Winter Injury Workshop hosted by Ohio State Extension from 1-3 PM at the OARDC Shisler Center in Wooster, OH.  This meeting is part of the Small Fruit production workshop and will cover winter injury assessment and management.  This is a free event but please contact Diane Kinne at 330-263-3814 for information and to pre-register. 

7          Pruning  and grape IPM workshop offered by Virginia Tech Extension at Believau Vineyard  in Blacksburg, VA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration.  Contact Tremain Hatch at 540-869-2560 x 11 for more information.

11-14    Wineries Unlimited Trade Show and Conference. Greater Richmond Convention Center,  Richmond, Virginia. This is the biggest winery conference and trade show in the East.

TBA     Wine Grape Integrated Pest Management Workshop.  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Lancaster, PA.  Focus will be on disease and pest issues in 2013. Program to be announced.

20     Winter Grape Growers Conference sponsored by the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program. Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join fellow grape growers for an educational day of lectures and discussion panels.  An agenda is in development stages right now, but you can plan on seeing topics on up and coming GIS and sensory work, as well as, always pertinent, topics such as trellissing, soil development and Pest Management applications. DEC credits will be available.  LERGP members fee $40, non-members $100.  Click HERE for more info and registration.

26-28  Symposium for the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) at the Lakeshore Ramada Inn in Geneva, NY. The title of the symposium is "Physiologic Principles and their Application to Fruit Production." The symposium will bring together international scientists who are working on whole plant physiology to discuss the progress which has been made in the last 40 years and to map the work for the next 20 years. This meeting will focus not only on the advances in knowledge of fruit crop physiology but also the application of physiological principles in fruit production. Primary topics include light interception and utilization, carbon acquisition and utilization, flower and fruit development, environmental physiology (water, nutrients, temperature and biotic stress), and the physiology of cultural practices. Click HERE for full program and registration. 

27      PA Pesticide Recertification Class for 2 core and 2 category credits, offered from 7-9 PM at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center.  Cost is $10. No registration necessary.  Contact Jeff Graybill for more information at 717-394-6851. 

April

8          Northern Grapes Project webinar at noon and 7 p.m.: Impact of Crop Load and Training System on Viticultural and Enological Performance of Marquette and Frontenac Gris Grown in New York and Michigan. Presented by Dr. Tim Martinson, Cornell University and Dr. Paolo Sabbitini, Michigan State University. 

TBA      Cornell/Penn State Enology Workshop. Cornell CLEREL, Portland, NY. 8 am to 4 pm. Penn State extension enologist Denise Gardner, Cornell extension associate Chris Gerling, and Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield from Cornell will co-present this workshop.  More information to come.

TBA      Virginia Vineyard Meetings. These field meetings are organized by Virginia cooperative extension educators and commercial vineyards and wineries.  They are held from 11am to 3 pm and include a vineyard tour and discussion of current and important topics such as grape integrated pest management, canopy and crop management, etc. Registration is not required.  Bring a bag lunch. For information about this meeting, contact Kenner Love at 540-675-3619. 

May     

Coffee pot meetings are offered each Wednesday from 10 am to noon in the Lake Erie region sponsored by the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program. Go to the LERGP website for locations and details at http://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/EventsCalendar.htm

TBA      Viticulture and Enology Research Symposium. Food Science Building, Main Campus.  An opportunity for wine grape growers to learn about the latest viticulture and enology research in Pennsylvania and the region with a focus on projects funded by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program. Co-sponsored by Penn State and the PA Wine Marketing and Research Program

June                        

23-27    65th American Society for Enology and Viticulture Annual Conference.  Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX.  WOW!!  The first national ASEV conference held outside of the western states!  ASEV Eastern section is part of this event. A forum for the presentation of current viticulture and enology research.