New Symposium Presents Viticulture, Enology Research to Aid Texas Wine Industry

A symposium will bring students and researchers from Texas Tech and Texas A&M University to discuss how current research can aid vineyards and winemakers.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech University and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will co-sponsor a new symposium to present ways current and ongoing viticulture and enology research can benefit Texas grape growing and winemaking industries.


Viticulture is the science of grape growing and enology is the study of winemaking.


The first Texas Viticulture and Enology Research Symposium will take place June 2-3 at the Granbury Resort Conference Center, 621 E. Pearl St. in Granbury.


The symposium will bring together researchers and students from Texas Tech and Texas A&M University to discuss topics including vineyard economics, wine marketing, sensory evaluations of Texas wines, the cancer-fighting affects of Texas wines, deficit irrigation, grape variety adaption and infestations of grape berry moths.


Presentations will conclude with summaries explaining how to apply research in vineyard or winery operations.


“Our primary audience is vineyard owners and wine producers, but we also hope to draw in other researchers as well as those who simply have an interest in grapes and wine,” said Ed Hellman, a Texas Tech professor of viticulture with a joint appointment at Texas Agrilife Extension.


Keynote speakers include Peter Cousins, a grape rootstock breeder and geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service who will deliver a viticulture address, and Patricia Howe, research enologist, winemaker and owner of Patricia Howe Wines & Consulting who will deliver an enology address.


“This symposium will be a great opportunity for those involved in the Texas wine industry to hear from scientists and respected speakers who will give an in-state and out-of-state perspective on current research in viticulture and enology,” he said. “And Granbury’s new conference facility and the town’s geographically central location make it an ideal location for the first symposium.”


Symposium and hotel registration is open, but attendees are requested to book their rooms early to receive a special discount rate available through May 9. For symposium and hotel information, go to:


To register for the symposium online, go to: search using the keyword “viticulture.”


A pre-symposium dinner will be held at Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury, with registration for the dinner separate from the symposium. For information and to register for the dinner, go to:


 For more information about the town of Granbury and the Granbury Resort Conference Center, go to:


Symposium registrants also will automatically be entered for a drawing to win a complete registration package to the 2010 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association annual conference in Dallas, a value of up to $500. The prize is courtesy of the association.


CONTACT: Ed Hellman, professor of viticulture, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, (806) 746-6101, or