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WSET Reports Record Annual Candidate Figures in 50th Year

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has reported its highest ever annual candidate figures for the last academic year. In 2018/2019 a total of 108,557 candidates took a WSET qualification, breaking the 100,000 barrier for the first time. This represents a 15% increase year-on-year versus last year’s candidate figures and reinforces the organization’s continued …

2019 Harvest Begins in Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) is pleased to announce that harvest has begun in Napa Valley. As is traditionally the case, harvest typically begins with the sparkling wine producers and Rodgers Vineyard will begin picking Pinot Noir for Mumm Napa Valley today. Throughout Napa Valley most white varieties will be harvested through the end of August, while the Cabernet Sauvignon …

California Vintners Gear Up for 2019 Harvest

Long hours. Seven-day work-weeks. Grape-stained clothing, boots and skin. These are just a few of the challenges that await California vintners in the coming weeks and months. But before the bustle of crush begins, winemaking and vineyard teams are making careful preparations to ensure that the harvest process runs as smoothly as possible. Wine Institute asked four California winemakers and …

Texas Grape Industry Grows with Over 500 Wineries

Representing the fifth largest wine grape producing state in the nation today, the Texas wine industry continues to grow and flourish.  Watch this brief interview with Texas A&M Agrilife Viticulture Extension Extension Specialist Pierre Helwi as he shares some interesting facts about the strengths and challenges of this growing industry.  Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Funds Long Island Sustainable Wine Growing Course

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation today announces the launch of the first Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) online training program, the Sustainable Wine Professional Course. As only sustainable certification program for winegrowers in the Eastern United States, the new online curriculum is part of a stakeholder engagement initiative to inform and certify winery tasting room and hospitality staff. …

Winery Numbers Increase, Distributors Consolidate — What’s a Mid-size Winery to Do?

With the number of wineries in the US higher than ever, and only a few retailers controlling the bulk of wine distribution, what’s a mid-size winery to do to get their product through the supply chain?  Watch this brief interview with wine broker Glenn Proctor from the Ciatti Company as he shares a few recommendations and read more it in …

OSU on Managing Grapevine Water Status Under Irrigated & Non-irrigated Conditions

Why water management is important Proper management of grapevine water status is critical to optimizing your vineyard production practices, whether they are focused on yield, fruit quality, or both. The water status of vines – how “wet” or “dry” they are – affects all aspects of plant function, and depends on two factors: the available water supply in the soil, …

Nutrient Guidelines for Wine Grapes

Since bloom was accelerated by the recent warm days, most of you will have already collected and submitted your bloom time tissue samples to monitor vine nutrient status. Many growers are making the switch to using leaf blades rather than petioles based on my recommendations. While this may seem a little unnerving for some, using leaf blades for nutrient tests …

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