Stephenville wine-grape workshop Jan. 25

Southwest Farm Press - The workshop serves as a prerequisite for application to the Texas Viticulture Certificate Program offered by Texas Tech University and AgriLife Extension. For more information on the certification program, go to http://winegrapes.tamu.eduand see Educational Opportunities.

A Prospective Wine-grape Grower Workshop will be held January 25 at the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Stephenville, located at 1229 U.S. Highway 281 North.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and program presentation will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The workshop is a one-day educational program designed to provide an overview of the unique requirements and economic risks associated with establishment and operation of a commercial vineyard in Texas,” said Fran Pontasch, AgriLife Extension viticulture advisor for North Texas.

Weather permitting,  a discussion during the workshop would take place in the AgriLife Extension vineyard at the Center.

Pontasch said the program was created to address the most common concerns potential grape producers may have prior to committing valuable resources toward a commercial vineyard enterprise. Program topics include: necessary viticulture expertise, vineyard site selection, risk factors, vineyard labor requirements and vineyard economics.

The fee for each workshop is $125 per person or $200 per couple, and includes educational materials and lunch.

Registration for the workshop can be completed through AgriLife Conference Services at their website, http://agrilifevents.tamu.eduAdams and Fran Pontasch, AgriLife Extension’s viticulture advisor for North Texas, will provide program instruction.

The workshop serves as a prerequisite for application to the Texas Viticulture Certificate Program offered by Texas Tech University and AgriLife Extension. For more information on the certification program, go to http://winegrapes.tamu.eduand see Educational Opportunities.

For more information, contact Pontasch 254-968-4144 or fmpontasch@ag.tamu.edu

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