University of Minnesota Extension and the Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance will host a Vineyard and Winery Management Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota, Minn.
At this hands-on event, grape growers will sharpen their skills and learn new techniques for managing cold-hardy grapes and making high-quality wine. Participants will walk Chankaska’s vineyard and discuss tips for pruning grapevines that have been damaged by the polar vortex. They will then learn how to retrain grapevines to different trellis styles.
After the tour, participants will learn ways to optimize their vineyard’s pest management plan by combining effectiveness and sustainability. The activity will focus on hot-topic issues like bunch rot diseases and spotted wing drosophila.
The day will conclude with a tour of Chankaska’s wine cellar with Chankaska winemakers and U of M enology specialist Drew Horton.
Speakers along with Horton will include U of M Extension educators Annie Klodd and Natalie Hoidal, John and Jenny Thull of the U of M Horticultural Research Center, Chankaska vineyard manager Jamieson Lindquist and winemaker Mike Drash.
Preregistration before March 22 is $30 for SMWGA members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, visit https://z.umn.edu/42tk.