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Vine to Wine workshop, Prosser

‘Vine to Wine’ workshop offers training in business, production techniques

PROSSER, Wash. - Washington State University, in collaboration with wine industry professionals, will offer an intensive "Vine to Wine” workshop April 20-21 at the Best Western Inn at Horse Heaven Hills in Prosser. Workshop seats are limited and pre-registration is required.

The workshop is recommended for anyone thinking about starting a vineyard or winery and for those who have recently entered the Washington wine industry. The goal is to educate potential and new growers and winemakers in the essentials of economical and environmentally sustainable high-quality grape and wine production practices.

The cost is $60 for one day or $100 for both days and includes a digital copy of presented information. Registration includes snacks, beverages, catered hot lunches and a social on Saturday night. For more information and to register, please visit

Different topics each day

Starting a vineyard or winery is a big investment requiring extensive financial, marketing and horticultural planning. On day one of the workshop, participants will learn the ins and outs of vineyard and business establishment and management. The economics of starting a vineyard along with the principles of site selection, establishment and sustainable grape production will be addressed.

On the second day, Washington winemakers and wine educators will address winery design and equipment, what to look for in grapes, fermentation science, the science of red and white winemaking and the economics of establishing and running a winery.

Support from industry, education

The following companies and organizations have helped offset the cost of the workshop: Wilson Orchard and Vineyard Supply; Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance and Yakima Valley Community College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program; WSU Viticulture and Enology Certificate Program; Inland Desert Nursery; Manley Crop Insurance.

Media Contacts:
Brian Clark, WSU agricultural news, 509-335-6967,
Michelle Moyer, WSU viticulture extension educator, 509-786-9234,
Gwen Hoheisel, WSU extension educator, 509-786-5609,

Saturday, April 20, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, April 21, 2013 (All day)