Workshop gives vine education to prospective wine-grape growers

Texas AgriLife Extension Service for Harris County will conduct a Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 26 for people interested in commercial wine-grape production.

The workshop will be held at the AgriLife Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive in Houston.

“This workshop is geared toward anyone who is growing or considering growing grapes in Texas or elsewhere,” said Fritz Westover, AgriLife Extension viticulture associate for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. “It’s designed to address all the main aspects of wine-grape growing for those considering the plunge into commercial grape farming.”

The workshop consists of lectures and presentations tailored to address the most common questions a prospective grower should ask before committing money and resources toward commercial production, Westover said.

Topics will include essential viticulture knowledge, vineyard site selection, risk factors, labor requirements and economics of owning and maintaining a commercial vineyard.

The fee is $100, which includes a catered lunch, beverages and study materials.

Pre-registration is requested to ensure there adequate materials and an accurate lunch count.

For more information, contact Westover at 281-855-5608. To register, go to:

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