Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference 2018

Date: February 9, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Benton Harbor and Traverse City (see description for details)
Contact: Joanne Davidhizar,, 269-927-5674

(Pre-registration is required) 

This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.

Who should attend? Established and emerging fruit growers; agribusiness and agency partners.

When? 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Feb. 9, 2018


  • Benton Harbor - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684

Fees: $100 Registration fee. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. NO WALK-IN REGISTRATION

          $30 Optional bulletin package.  (After January 26, on-site bulletin availability is limited.  Bulletins will be mailed following the event.)

The optional bulletin package (available for purchase) includes the following publications:

  • E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States
  • E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions
  • E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards

Meals: Lunch and breaks included

Registration Deadline: February 2, or until full. 

Cancellation Policy: After January 19 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Soil Fertility-Carl Rosen, Minnesota
Site Selection-Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Wine Grape Varieties-Joe Fiola, Maryland
Management of Key Pests-Brad Baughman, Michigan State
Site Preparation –Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Planting and Care- Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Vine Training-Tom Todaro, Michigan State
Trellis Construction-Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Vineyard Establishment Costs-Hans Walter-Peterson, Cornell
Resources for Growers-Baughman
Wrap-up & Evaluation


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