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Description: 2021 Muscadine Growers Annual Conference Mar 1-3

The conference will be held virtual on Zoom.

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

Please follow this link to register!

Agenda:March 1

1:00-2:30 p.m. Fundamentals of Muscadine Production Virtual Workshop – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU and Bill Cline, NCSU

March 2

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Essential Food Safety Practices for Fresh Market Growers Large or Small – Lynnette Johnson, NCSU

The Right Grape for the Right Market – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU

Spring Production Recommendations – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU

Fighting Fire Ants in the Vineyard – Hannah Burrack, NCSU

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Break and Networking

1:30 p.m. – 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

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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 th previous session and muscadine leaders in NC 

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

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Break and Networking

1:30 p.m. – 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.

Mar 1 Mon