High Country Winegrowers host Viticulture Educational Series
by Staff Reports
The High Country Winegrowers Association will sponsor the Viticulture Educational Series beginning in February 2013. The series will consist of 12 class meetings and two field days.
Classes will be held at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension downstairs offices, located at 971 W. King St. in Boone, from 6 to 9 p.m. on two Monday nights per month from February to June. Sign up on Jan. 28 between 7 and 8 p.m. to receive the textbook and syllabus.
The classes will cover all aspects of growing wine grapes on a commercial basis. Topics to be covered are the costs and returns of vineyard establishment, vineyard site selection, wine grape varieties, pruning and training, canopy management, disease and insect management, wildlife deterrence, harvest times and grape contracts.
The viticulture series costs $100 per person, which includes a textbook and all handout materials. Participants who attend 90 percent of the classes and pass an after-course quiz will be awarded a certificate suitable for framing. For more information, visit http://www.highcountrywines.com or call (828) 295-9831.