Starting a vineyard is a large investment that requires extensive financial, marketing, and horticultural planning.
To address educational needs on these topics, WSU Extension viticulturists and enologists, in collaboration with wine-industry professionals, will offer a two-day "Vine to Wine" intensive workshop in Prosser on April 12 and 13.
On day one of the workshop, participants will learn how to start a vineyard. Topics will address the economics of starting a vineyard, site selection, establishment and sustainable grape production.
On day two, Washington winemakers and wine educators will address what to look for in grapes, the intricacies of fermentation, the science of red and white winemaking, designing a winery, equipment selection and care, and the economics of establishing and running a winery.
Invited speakers include Wendy Stuckey, Chateau Ste. Michelle's new white winemaker, and Joe Chauncey of Seattle-based architecture firm, Boxwood, designer of Col Solare and the Walter Clore Wine Center.
The workshop is recommended for those considering starting a vineyard or winery or for those who have recently entered the industry. The goal of the workshop is to educate potential and new growers and winemakers in the essentials of high-quality grape and wine production practices.
The workshop will be held at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, located at 24106 N. Bunn Rd.
Seats are limited and pre-registration is required.
The cost is $150 for one day, or $250 for both. Registration includes snacks, beverages and a catered lunch.
The workshop is sponsored by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
For more information and to register, visit winegrapes.wsu.edu/workshop.html, or call Mercy Olmstead at (509) 786-9203 or Kerry Ringer at (509) 786-9324.