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Summer Vineyard Management Tips with University of Minnesota Extension

Are you seeing downy or powdery mildew on grape clusters? It’s easy to imagine that a cluster infected with powdery mildew would look powdery in appearance; however, downy mildew cluster infections can also look somewhat powdery, so how can growers distinguish the two from each other? The above photos exemplify both downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) (1) and powdery mildew (Uncinula …

Central Valley Wine Industry Losing Share in Brandy Market, Compounding Other Challenges

To compound the troubles Central Valley wine grape growers are already facing with a depressed global wine market amidst increased production costs, Allied Grape Growers President Jeff Bitter shared some new trends in the brandy market that are beginning to negatively impact growers invested in that beverage category.  Watch his brief interview with Matthew Malcolm from California Ag Network, and …

WSU Wine Science Dept. to Debut New Curriculum in Fall 2024

Starting this fall, Washington State University (WSU) viticulture and enology (V&E) undergraduates will experience a revitalized curriculum that comprehensively prepares them for wine industry careers. “This is special,” said Jean Dodson Peterson, WSU V&E department chair. “It marks a new era for our department, reintroducing WSU V&E to both local and global wine industries. I feel privileged to steward this transition for …

USDA Breaks Ground on $70M Lab for Grape Research at Cornell AgriTech

Cornell AgriTech will soon be home to the National Grape Improvement Center, one of the largest cold-climate grape research facilities in the world. On June 26, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), legislators and Cornell leaders broke ground on the new state-of-the-art federal research facility at the AgriTech campus in Geneva, New York. The $70 million center is expected to propel …

Bulk Wine Imports Putting California Growers out of Business

Time to address the elephant in the room — It’s no secret that the wine market is struggling right now, not just in California, but all over the world.  To make matters worse, California growers’ wine grape crops are getting left unharvested and displaced at local wineries by cheap bulk wine being imported from other countries at disturbing levels. American …

U.S. Wine Industry Gathers to Discuss Opportunities and Value of Sustainability

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance partnered with several wine grape industry organizations recently in hosting the 3rd U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit in Lodi, CA. Attendees enjoyed a local vineyard and winery tour, and engaged in educational sessions highlighting the evolving definition of sustainability and its value to growers, vintners and consumers. American Vineyard Magazine Editor Matthew Malcolm met with Allison …

Alumna Returns to Washington State University as V&E Dept Winemaker

Madelyn Calderon grew up watching her dad make wine from cranberries and cherries. When he suggested that she might enjoy a career in winemaking, Calderon took note, as she was drawn to a field that involved science and working outside. Now, as the newest winemaker in Washington State University’s Department of Viticulture & Enology (V&E), she’s living out her passion. …

New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program Welcomes Nineteen New Certified Vineyards

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is proud to welcome nineteen new certified vineyards to the New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program for 2024. These certified vineyards join the 49 previously certified growers dedicated to advancing the environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the New York wine industry. This voluntary, third-party certification program recognizes vineyards that adhere to the highest standards …

New Wine Additive Approved Under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

USDA Foreign Ag Service — In 2019, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force. As a result, Japan approved 16 new wine additives that were previously not allowed in wine produced or consumed in Japan. Summary The EU-Japan EPA has Specialized Committees and Working Groups (WG) covering 12 different fields, including the Wine WG. The EU-Japan Wine WG held five …

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