Vine to Wine

Vine to Wine

Michelle Moyer, Assistant Professor / Viticulture Extension Specialist, Department of Horticulture, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Prosser, WA, Gwen Hoheisel, Regional Extension Specialist, WSU Extension, Benton-Franklin Counties
The wine industry in the Pacific Northwest and specifically Washington is rapidly expanding. This is a primer for anyone contemplating or who has recently established a new vineyard and/or winery. It covers a wide range of topics from economics, site selection, grapevine anatomy, pests, red and white wine making, winery equipment and design. Vine to Wine presents an overview of all the decisions that need to be considered before investing in a new vineyard or winery. (This replaces DVD007.)
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Opening description / Abstract:

These videos are recommended for those considering starting a vineyard or winery, or for those who have recently entered the Washington wine industry. The goal of this video series is to educate potential and new growers and winemakers in the essentials of economically viable, environmentally sustainable, high-quality grape and wine production practices.

Starting a vineyard or winery is a large investment that requires extensive financial, marketing, and horticultural planning. Throughout this video series, participants will learn the ins and outs of vineyard and business establishment and management. The economics of starting a vineyard and the principles of site selection, establishment, and sustainable grape production will all be addressed. In addition, the video series will outline the basics of 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.

To cite this video series: [Video Author]. 2016. [Title of Video] in Vine to Wine: Successfully Establishing a Vineyard and Winery. Moyer, M.M. and G.A. Hoheisel (eds). WSU Extension Publication OM41. Washington State University.

Getting Started

  1. Choosing a Site for Optimal Success: Understanding how a site influences grape production and quality is key for a successful vineyard operation.
  1. Soils for Producing Premium Grapes: Site properties, including the soil, have significant impacts on how vines grow and how vineyards are designed.


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Published September, 2016

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