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Grape Advisors Seek to Expand Network
 
03.30.2015
 
Plans by grape and wine extension professionals include new journal
 
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National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference 2015 hosts Matthew Hoffman of the Lodi Winegrape Commission (from left) and Jean-Mari Peltier of the National Grape and Wine Initiative meet with University of California Cooperative Extension vice provost Chris Greer.
Lodi, Calif.—Extension professionals assembled March 24-26 in Lodi to discuss new ways to deliver information and research to the grape and wine industry, and how to expand the extension network. The event, the National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference (NVEELC), also provided a forum for the group to explore the issue of extension in transition (at both the national and state levels) and discussed future directions, including plans for a new professional journal.


 
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2014 Virginia Grape Harvest Tops 8,000 tons
 
03.27.2015
 
Chardonnay is top vinifera variety in state, where total wine grape acreage is 3,144
 
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Richmond, Va.—The 2014 wine grape harvest in Virginia produced more than 8,000 tons, despite some vineyards suffering from frigid winter temperatures and spring frosts.

According to a report about statewide grape production released this month by the Virginia Grape Board, the 2014 harvest came in at 8,039 tons—17% more than 2013. The top three varieties in the state were Chardonnay (1,104 tons), Merlot (995 tons) and Cabernet Franc (964 tons). Hybrid grapes accounted for 23% of the state’s total production, and Vidal Blanc was the leading hybrid variety with 741 tons. Based on the voluntary survey, the state is home to 3,144 acres of vineyards, of which 2,459 acres are planted to vinifera grapes.


 
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