(Pre-registration is required.) 

This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at three locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.

Who should attend? Established and emerging fruit growers; agribusiness and agency partners.

When? January 21-22, 2014

  • Day 1: 11:45-5:00 p.m. EST (Optional session 8:30-11:35 a.m.)
  • Day 2: 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. EST


  • Benton Harbor -CANCELLED due to technical issues
  • Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center
  • Novi - Tollgate Education Farm Center

Fees: $115 Registration fee. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.   NO WALK-IN REGISTRATION
           $25   Optional introduction to Vineyard Establishment
           $30   Optional bulletin package

Meals: Lunch Day 1 and breaks included in main conference.

The optional bulletin package (available for purchase) includes the following publications:

  • E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States
  • E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions
  • E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards

Registration deadline: January 16, 2014, or until full. (Space is limited.)

Cancellation Policy: After January 10, 2014 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.


Day 1 Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Introduction to Vineyard Establishment (OPTIONAL)

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in (Pre-registered only.)
  • 9:00-9:10 a.m. Introduction
  • 9:10-9:30 a.m. Lingo of Viticulture-Dr. Duke Elsner, Michigan State
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. Anatomy & Function of a Vine-Dr. Jodi Creasap Gee, Kent State
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m. Pest Management & Pesticides-Diane Brown, Michigan State
  • 10:45-11:35 a.m. Soil Fertility-Dr. Carl Rosen, Minnesota

Day 1 Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference

  • 11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Check-in (Pre-registered only.)
  • 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00-1:10 p.m. Introduction
  • 1:10-1:40 p.m. Marketing Wine Grapes-Lee Lutes, Black Star Farms
  • 1:40-2:20 p.m. Site Selection-Dr. Duke Elsner, Michigan State
  • 2:20-3:15 p.m. Wine Grape Varieties-Dr. Joe Fiola, Maryland
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. Michigan Council Update-Linda Jones, Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m. Resources for Growers-Diane Brown, Michigan State
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. Vineyard Establishment Costs-Hans Walter-Peterson, Cornell
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. Planting Stock & Sources-Dr. Keith Striegler, National Clean Plant Network

Day 2 Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. Site Preparation-Dr. Tom Zabadal, Michigan State
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Planting and Care-Dr. Tom Zabadal, Michigan State
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. Vine Training-Dr. Duke Elsner, Michigan State
  • 10:15:-10:30 a.m. VESTA & MSU Ag Tech-Rocklin/Matchett/Smith, Michigan State
  • 10:30-10:50 a.m. Trellis Construction- Dr. Tom Zabadal, Michigan State
  • 10:50-11:20 a.m. Insect Management- Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State
  • 11:20-11:50 a.m. Disease Management-Dr. Annemiek Schilder, Michigan State
  • 11:50 a.m. -12:10 p.m. Next Steps-Dr. Stan Howell, Michigan State
  • 12:10-12:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Evaluation-



Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Joanne Davidhizar at davidhiz@anr.msu.edu or at 269-944-4126 no later than Friday, January 17 12noon.