Vine balance is an ideal blend of fruit and vine growth which determines grape yield and fruit quality at harvest. Researchers continue to search for the best vine pruning and canopy reduction practices to maximize crop load and quality. Paolo Sabbatini, associate professor of horticulture at Michigan State University, offered a presentation called “Vine Balance — What Is It & How Do We Achieve It” at the New England Vegetable & Fruit Growers Conference. Sabbatini focuses his research on grape physiology in Michigan’s cool climate.
Four generations of Mercer family members have done everything from raise livestock to grow a wide variety of produce on a fertile patch of land in Prosser, WA. The Mercers expanded over time to encompass more than 12,000 acres of farmland that, along with row crops like potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions and kale, the farm, Mercer Canyons, is also used to grow wine grapes.
According to Rob Mercer, president of Mercer Canyons, while the family has cultivated grapes for many years, it only began making wine in 2005. [Read more…]
When commercial photographer Jeff Hansen was sent to Napa Valley to photograph a winery, he fell in love with the wine industry. Four years later, he started to explore the idea of establishing a vineyard and moved to Napa Valley to work in a winery. After total immersion in the process — from growing grapes to making and marketing wine — Hansen was ready to strike out on his own.
RICHMOND, VA — This year, for the first time, the comprehensive trade show previously known as Wineries Unlimited was billed as Wineries + Breweries Unlimited, a nod to the burgeoning craft beer industry in the eastern U.S.
A large crowd attended the four-day event, which included more than 140 exhibitors on the trade floor and dozens of seminars. Attendees came from up and down the east coast, with vendors coming from around the world. [Read more…]
by Karl Kazaks
While most Americans might look back on the winter of 2013-2014 as the year they became acquainted with the term “polar vortex,” vineyard owners and wineries and in the eastern and northern U.S. will remember the period for the repeated bouts of extremely cold weather.
“We know there is bud injury,” said Frederick Frank of Dr. Konstantin Frank, which has 120 acres of vines near Seneca and Keuka Lakes in New York’s Finger Lakes region. “It’s different depending on varieties and location.” [Read more…]
Since the market crash of 2008, many wine operations, particularly smaller boutique wineries and startups, have had to make major adjustments in order to avoid equipment deficiencies and thus, overall inefficiencies and profit loss.
According to Richard Vine, partner at Vintage Winery Consultants and professor of enology emeritus at Purdue University, one of the most impactful results of the economic meltdown on the wine industry is decreased lending opportunities. [Read more…]
For some in the wine industry, marketing is nothing more than letting the public know you have opened a winery and that you are lending your name to a wine label. Wayne Gretzky, the famous retired NHL Hockey great is one example that comes to mind. Others like Mike Ditka and Joe Montana from the football world, or Richard Childress and Mario Andretti for those in the racing community, are still more whose names give visibility to their marketing efforts. The list goes on and on. [Read more…]