Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference - Traverse City

Date: February 5, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact: Joanne Davidhizar at or 269-944-4126.

 (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. 5, 2016


  • Benton Harbor - Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 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

Meals: Lunch and breaks included

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

Registration Deadline: Jan. 28, 2016, or until full. (Space is limited)

Cancellation Policy: After Jan. 15, 2016 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016


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 –Tom Zabadal, Michigan State

Planting and Care-Tom Zabadal, Michigan State

Vine Training-Duke Elsner, Michigan State

Trellis Construction-Tom Zabadal, Michigan State

Vineyard Establishment Costs-Hans Walter-Peterson, Cornell

Resources for Growers-Elsner/Baughman

Wrap-up & Evaluation


* subject to change

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