University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Viticulture Program

The University of Nebraska Viticulture Program strives to advance the knowledge,
theory and application of grape and wine production for all growers, producers and
consumers of grapes and wine for all of Nebraska and those beyond its borders.


Viticulture News

20TH Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show

March 2-4, 2017, Omaha Marriott, Omaha, Nebraska. More information on the conference webpage

July 16 Viticulture Field Day Wrap-up

Mechanization and More Viticulture Field Day a big success

It's harvest time!

The time of the year that we’ve all been waiting for and working toward is either rapidly approaching or now upon us. Many Nebraska vineyard managers are looking at a good-to-great crop. Unfortunately, a few have vineyards that have been decimated or destroyed by hail or wayward herbicide drift, and to those we offer condolences with hopes for a better year in 2017. Read more.

Fall Workshop to focus on herbicide drift

The Fall Workshop was held on Nov. 5, 2016 at the Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, corner of Old Cheney Road and S. 40th Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska. Problems associated with herbicide drift and volatilization and the impact on Nebraska and Midwest vineyards was the primary focus of this workshop. 

Sponsored jointly by the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program and the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, topics included discussions on whatsteps to take if a drift event has impacted your vines, possible remedial measures and the roll of the Department of Ag and what they can do for you. 

This was an especially timely event—be sure to review the presentations!


20th Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show

The 20th Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show will be March 2-4, 2017 at the Omaha Marriott. Michigan State University’s Paolo Sabbatini will be the featured viticulture speaker and former MSU professor Stan Howell, now the lead viticulture specialist for the VESTA program, will be the speaker at the Grand Awards Banquet.  This is a real “One-Two Punch”, with Paolo’s breadth and depth of viticulture knowledge and Stan’s incredibly productive career accomplishments making for a great educational program; of course Stan will bring a thoughtful historical perspective, along with his great sense of humor to the table, so it promises to be an outstanding conference.

More Information

Grape Insurance

This is the link to the 2015 Presentation by Patrick Laird. To provide clarification about cultivars (“varieties”), we list several under each category.

Grape Insurance

List of potential grape cultivars for Nebraska

Grape Cultivars for Nebraska

Nebraska VineLines

December 2016 VineLines newsletter now available.

VineLines Newsletter Archive


Dr. Paul Read
Professor, Viticulturist

Steve Gamet
Viticulture Technologist

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