Smart Viticulture Workshop

This workshop will provide an outstanding program to learn from Richard Smart, a.k.a. “The Flying Vine Doctor” for interested grape folks from Nebraska and beyond. He will lead the following tentative program at Soaring Wings Vineyard, Springfield Nebraska. 

Registration due by June 18!

RIchard Smart
RIchard Smart

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St., Springfield, Nebraska

$35.00 for first person from enterprise, $25.00 per additional person from the same enterprise or family (includes lunch)

Registration due by June 18!

Register by Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by sending check to University of Nebraska Viticulture Program, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, 279 Plant Sciences Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915:


  • 9:00 am – Registration, coffee and rolls, time to interact with Richard and UNVP staff
  • 10 am – Canopy Management for Better Yields and Better Quality
    Tentative topics:
    • Principles of canopy management
    • The role of various trellis systems including high wire
    • The critical role of shoot positioning.
  • 10:45 am – Trunk Disease: Is it costing you money? 
    • Trunk disease pathogens – confirmed in the Midwest
    • Common symptoms of Trunk Disease and confusion with winter injury
    • Tissue samples for lab analysis
    • Management procedures to avoid trunk disease
    • Mark symptomatic vines, spring, summer or winter
    • Trunk renewal in winter, spring
    • Wound protection? Double pruning? Remove pruning debris?
  • 11:15 am – ACE, Simply and Cheaply Improves Red Wine Quality! 
    • ACE is an acronym for Accentuated Cut Edges
    • Method depends upon treatment of freshly fermented must to fragment skins without damaging seeds May 2019 Issue XXII – 2
    • A portable machine has been developed by Della Toffola of Italy which attaches in the must line between the crusher and fermenter
    • Results in more rapid release of skin color and tannins, and formation of stable wine color
    • Has shown significant improvement in wine composition and quality
    • Has also shown benefits of improved white wine aroma
    • ACE can be demonstrated for small ferments by macerating the cap using commercial stick blenders
  • NOON – Lunch (included in registration fee)
  • 1:00 pm – In the Vineyard 
    • Hands-on examination of Trunk Disease, with discussion and demonstration
    • Canopy Management - discussion and demonstration

Times may vary depending upon weather, amount of discussion and questions that arise – we want this to be a truly educational opportunity for all in attendance.