2021 Muscadine Growers Annual Conference, March 1-3

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2021 Muscadine Growers Annual Conference

The conference will be held virtual on Zoom from March 1–3, 2021.

  • Free for members of the NC Muscadine Grower Association
  • $25 for students/Extension personnel
  • $50 for non-members

Please follow this link to register!


March 1

1–2:30 p.m. Fundamentals of Muscadine Production Virtual Workshop – Mark Hoffmann, NC State University and Bill Cline, NC State University

March 2

10 a.m.–noon

Update on Seedless Muscadines – Panel presentation with Penny Perkins Veazie, NC State University; Renee Threlfall, University of Arkansas; Jeff Bloodworth, Gardens Alive; Margaret Worthington, University of Arkansas; and Mark Hoffmann, NC State University

Essential Food Safety Practices for Fresh Market Growers Large or Small – Lynnette Johnson, NC State University

The Right Grape for the Right Market – Mark Hoffmann, NC State University

Spring Production Recommendations – Mark Hoffmann, NC State University

Fighting Fire Ants in the Vineyard – Hannah Burrack, NC State University

Noon–1:30 p.m. Break and Networking

1:30–3:30 p.m.

NCMGA’s New Muscadine Winemakers Project – Debby Wechsler, NC Muscadine Grape Association

Defining How to Evaluate Muscadine Wines – Chuck Blethen, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard & Muscadine Nursery

Not Your Grandfather’s Wine:

  • Making Dry Muscadine Wines – Nadia Hetzel, Cypress Bend Vineyards
  • Sparking muscadine wines – Mark Friszolowski, Childress Vineyards

Increasing the Price Point for Muscadine Wines – Tina Smith, Cypress Bend Vineyards

March 3

10 a.m.–noon

Update on Muscadine Health Benefits Research – Dr. William Wagner, Wake Forest School of Medicine and President, Muscadine Naturals

Muscadines Around Our Region –  Paulk Vineyards (GA), Post Winery (AR), others TBA

A Vision for Regional Collaboration – Roundtable discussion with the presenters from the previous session and muscadine leaders in North Carolina 

Research Projects, Prospects, and Priorities – Whit Winslow, NC Wine & Grape Council

Noon–1:30 p.m. Break and Networking

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Vineyard Spotlight – Preston Williams, Seven Springs Farms and Vineyards, LLC

Harvest-time Options:

  • Grower/Winery Partnerships
  • Alternative Markets for Fresh Market Grapes
  • Custom Harvesting
  • Mechanical Harvesting for Small Vineyards

Becoming a Real Business, Not Only a Grower or Winemaker – Phillip Nordan, Treehouse Vineyards

NCMGA Annual Meeting and Conference Wrap-Up
with a tribute to NCMGA President Ervin Lineberger, Killdeer Farm, who passed away in January.

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Mark Hoffmann, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Mark HoffmannSmall Fruits Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor, Strawberry and Grape Call Dr. Mark Email Dr. Mark Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Feb 1, 2021
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