10:00 AM10:00

Harvest Workshop Tuesday, July 23rd

At Surry Community College, SBVE Building, Dobson, NC. Sponsored by the NC Winegrowers Association. Program includes: Preparing for harvest — How to take an accurate crop estimate — Proper berry sampling — Interpreting Brix via a refractometer — Reacting to weather,when to pick early, how long to wait after, etc — Balancing PH, TA, Brix, & sensory and what high PH means for winemaking — Optimizing Harvest & Fermentation — and more.

There will be a QAP Harvest Panel and an Ask the Winemaker session and Q&A with a panel of experienced winemakers

 Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Register here. 

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9:30 AM09:30

North Carolina Wine & Grape Summit

Hosted by the UNC-G Bryan School of Business, Room TBA, UNC Greensboro 

Co-Sponsored by the NC Wine & Grape Council, The Center for Industry Research and Engagement, The Bryan School of Business and Economics 

Registration is 9:30-10:00 am. Program includes updates from the NC Wine and Grape Council on its activities in Education, Product Development, Business Development, and Marketing, followed by open discussion on the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.

Featured Speakers are Dr. Patricia E. Gallagher and Dr. E. Ann Tallant Wake Forest School of Medicine, talking about their exciting new research on the health benefits of muscadine grapes.

Registration is $15 - Includes Lunch

Pre-Registration Required . Register here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4264485

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8:30 AM08:30

2019 Annual Conference

Registration fee (includes lunch): $35/person for NCMGA members, $50/person non-members.

To Register: Full registration and payment will be taken on-site; payment by check or cash only. To be sure to be included in meal counts, please call 919-222-1841 or email [email protected] by Tuesday, March 12 to pre-register.

Location: Bladen County Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown NC 28337


8:30-9:00 am Registration

9:00-9:15         Welcome – Ervin Lineberger, NCMGA President    

9:15-9:30         Report from the NC Wine and Grape Council – Whit Winslow, Executive Director; Report from the NC Winegrowers Association – Chuck Johnson, Shadow Springs Vineyard, Hamptonville, NC

9:30-9:45         NCMGA Revitalization Project – Debby Wechsler, consultant

9:45-10:15       Keynote – Mark Friszolowski , Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC

10:15-10:30    Break   

10:30-10:50    Variety Highlights – Terry Bland, Retired NCSU, Dept. of Horticultural Science

10:50-11:10     Diseases – Bill Cline, NCSU Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology

11:10-11:30     Insects – Whit Jones , Cottle Farms, Faison, NC

11:30-11:50    Weeds – Kira Sims/Katie Jennings, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science

11:50-12:10    Problems Observed in 2018 and Extension Resources – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science

12:10-1:10       Lunch, visit with exhibitors

1:10-1:40          Fresh Market post-harvest handling and marketing standards – Penny Perkins-Veazie, NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute   

1:40-2:00         Seedless Muscadine Grape Update – Jeff Bloodworth, grape breeder, Gardens Alive!, Hillsborough, NC

2:00-2:30          Wine-making panel – Mark Friszolowski, Childress Vineyard; Nadia Hetzel , Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram, NC;  others TBA

2:30-2:45          New development in muscadine markets  – Grower Panel

3:00 pm: Membership meeting of the NCMGA.  If you are not a current member, you can join or renew at the meeting.

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