Viticulture News

First Viticulture Regional Tailgate set for July 17

The University of Nebraska Viticulture Program is sponsoring the first in a series of regional tailgates on Monday, July 17th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Ron Heskett farm, 72653 646 Ave, Nemaha, Nebraska.

Heskett is the owner/winemaker of Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery and the producer of many award-wining wines.  His vineyard offers the opportunity to evaluate trellis systems, canopy management, fruit set, crop estimation and many other important vineyard management issues.

These “tailgates” are modeled on Cornell University’s tailgates for the Finger Lakes region grape growers. The tailgates will present timely topics and updates with an in-the-vineyard approach to practical problems and solutions. It will also afford participants a chance to discuss challenges and opportunities and to interact with fellow growers and University of Nebraska Viticulture staff.   

Location and dates of future tailgates will be announced soon. Watch your email and the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program and NWGGA web sites for these tailgates in your region. Although we refer to these as “regional”, all are welcome who may be interested. This is FREE event.

For further information, contact Paul Read (pread@unl.edu; 402-472-5136) or Steve Gamet (sgamet@unl.edu; 402-416-9763).  We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

20th Nebraska Grape and Wine Conference: A Smashing Success

Attendees at the 20th Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show held March 2-4, 2017 found that the program was beyond their expectations, noting that it:

  • Was highly educational
  • Had great and knowledgeable speakers
  • Provided lots of take-home messages
  • Was full of valuable information, and
  •  “Useful to enhancing my enterprise”
Read the entire article in the June 2017 Nebraska VineLines.
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