Missouri Grape Growers Association Field Day
Missouri Grape Growers Association and the Grape and Wine Institute will be hosting Richard Smart for the MGGA Field Day. Richard is most widely known for his book “Sunlight into Wine”. Richard will be providing in depth seminars on the topics of canopy management and grapevine trunk diseases. The MGGA and Missouri Vintners Association will also be conducting their annual business meeting during the day.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27, 2019. The event will be held at Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards, Rocheport Missouri. A complete agenda and registration will be coming soon.
Please extend a thank you to the Missouri Wine Marketing and Research Council for providing funding to bring Richard Smart to Missouri. Many thanks to Sarah Schmidt at Baltimore Bend.
Richard Smart is one of the world’s most qualified and experienced viticultural scientists and consultants with more than 50 years experience. He has visited and lectured or consulted in many of the world’s wine producing countries, numbering over 30. He has four degrees including two doctorates.
Dr Smart is best known for his pioneering studies in wine grape canopy management, techniques applicable to modern, high vigor vineyards leading to improvements in yield and wine quality and reductions in some diseases. He is author of the award- winning definitive book on canopy management “Sunlight into Wine”.
Among recent interests has been grapevine trunk diseases, a problem which is threatening vineyards the whole world over. Dr Smart has attended and spoken to scientist and grower meetings on the subject as well as authoring many articles; he has developed pruning and training methods and protocols to overcome the problem in mature and young vineyards and in mothervine source blocks.