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WAMC – 3/5/2015
New York Comptroller report report shows agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2012, Wine’s total economic impact, $4.8 billion.

Nooga – 3/6/2015
Michelle Richards explores the Finger Lakes in an interview with Oskar Bynke from Hermann J. Weimer Vineyards

Finger Lakes Times – 3/6/2015
Fox Run Vineyards in the Town of Benton selected for Business of the Week profile in local press.

WXXI News – 3/6/2015
New Viticulture Center is officially opened at Finger Lakes Community College in Geneva, NY…where was this program when this staff was in college?

Pensacola News Journal -3/8/2015
Claims of New York grapes showing up in wines made in much warmer climes…fruit wines that is…De Luna Winery in Pensacola.

USA Today – 3/8/2015
Serious wine education at Cornell…up to 700 students in Auditorium at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration to learn about wine.

Northeastern NY Vineyard Workshop Series
A series of workshops for cold-hardy grape growers, covering essential skills for vineyard management.  Both new and experienced growers are welcome.

Each workshop will be held twice: once in the Champlain Valley (Clinton and Essex Counties) and once in the Upper Hudson Valley (North of Albany).

You are welcome to attend any or all combinations of the workshops.

  Champlain Valley Upper Hudson Valley
 Workshop 1:
Vine Training and
March 28th 1:00-3:00Hid-In-Pines Vineyard452 Soper St,Morrisonville, NY 12962 April 4th 1:00-3:00Victory View Vineyard11975 NY Rte 40,Schaghticoke, NY 12154
 Workshop 2:
Vineyard Pest Management 
May 6th 4:30-7:00Willsboro Research Farm48 Sayward Lane,Willsboro, NY 12996 May 7th 4:30-7:00Victory View Vineyard11975 NY Rte 40,Schaghticoke, NY 12154
 Workshop 3:
Site Evaluation and Establishment 
May 16rd 11:00-2:00PMBoquet Valley Vineyard2403 Route 22Essex, NY 12936 April 25th 11:00-2:00The Fossil Stone Vineyard331 Grange Rd,Greenfield, NY 12833
 Workshop 4:
Business Management
and Marketing
May 27th 5:00-7:00PMClinton County CCE Office6064 Rte 22Plattsburgh, NY 12901 May 20th 6:30-8:30PMUpper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association Meeting(Location TBD)

PRE-Registration is REQUIRED.  All workshops are Free.

Please Pre-register at least 2 days ahead of the workshop you would like to attend.

To register and for more information please contact Anna Wallis at 443-421-7970 or aew232@cornell.edu

Online registration is also available on our website: http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/

Workshop 1: Vine Training and Pruning

Champlain Valley (CV): March 28th 1:00-3:00 – Hid-In-Pines Vineyard

Upper Hudson Valley (UH): April 4th 1:00-3:00 – Victory View Vineyard

Speakers:            Richard Lamoy, Hid-in-Pines Vineyard (CV)

Gerry Barnhart, Victory View Vineyard (UH)

This workshop will cover the various grape vine training systems available for cold hardy varieties including vertical shoot positioning (VSP), top wire cordon (TWC), and umbrella kniffin (UK).  Pros and cons of each of these systems will be discussed.  Workshop will include a vine pruning demonstration.

Workshop 2: Vineyard Pest Management

Champlain Valley: May 6th 4:30-7:00 – Willsboro Research Farm

Upper Hudson Valley: May 7th 4:30-7:00 – Victory View Vineyard

Speakers:            Dr. Andrew Landers, Pesticide Application Technology Specialist, Cornell Geneva

Dr. Wayne Wilcox, Grape Pathology Program, Cornell Geneva

This workshop will cover essential vineyard pest management practices.  We will cover major vineyard pests, IPM strategies, and resources available to help guide you.  Andrew Landers, pesticide application technology specialist from Cornell, will provide information about effective pesticide application, including sprayer calibration.  Bring your sprayer if you’d like to learn how to calibrate your own equipment.

Workshop 3: Vineyard Planning – Site Evaluation and Establishment

Champlain Valley: May 16th 11:00AM-2:00PM – Jay White, Boquet Valley Vineyard

Upper Hudson Valley: April 25th 11:00-2:00PM – Mike Spiak, The Fossil Stone Vineyard

Speakers:            Anna Wallis, Viticulture Specialist CCE ENYCHP

Andy Farmer, Northeastern Vine Supply

Jay White, Boquet Valley Vineyard (CV)

Mike Spiak, The Fossil Stone Vineyard (UH)

This workshop will cover the basic considerations for selecting a site for your future vineyard and how to establish a new planting.  Jay White of Boquet Valley Vineyard and Mike Spiak of The Fossil Stone Vineyard will describe their experiences selecting property, preparing land, and planning their vineyards.  The Champlain Valley location will include a hands-on planting workshop.

Workshop 4: Vineyard and Winery Business Management

Champlain Valley: May 27th 5:00 -7:00PM – Clinton County CCE Office

Upper Hudson Valley: May 20th 5:00-7:00PM – Association Meeting (TBD)

Speakers:            Bob Weybright, Marketing and Business Specialist CCE ENYCHP

Sarah Johnston, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets

This workshop will cover the basics of business management for vineyards and wineries.  Bob Weybright, CCE business and marketing specialist, will provide business planning guidance for establishing a vineyard.  He will also discuss considerations for obtaining a winery license and marketing your wine.  Sarah Johnston will provide information on risk management, and how to obtain insurance for your valuable investment.