Conferences, short courses, and educational opportunities

July 9-10, 2018

American Society for Enology and Viticulture, Eastern Section Annual Meeting     

ASEV-ES’s registration is still open (register before July 2nd to avoid paying the $100 late fee), but the hotel block rate will close mid-June.  ASEV-ES Conference Registration: (The homepage offers an online and paper print out option).  Tentative Agenda:

The afternoon of the 11th will feature a focused session on high pH in the East.  Click on this link to learn more:

**PA industry members receive the ASEV-ES Member registration price

For questions, contact Nancy Long at or 315-787-2288

July 17, 2018

A seminar focusing on controlling Brettanomyces and other wine microbes will be offered by Dr. Charles Edwards on July 17, 2018.  The session is free and will be held at Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax, PA.  Click here to learn more:

If you have questions about registering, call 1-877-345-0691 for assistance between 8am – 5pm Eastern Time.

July 27 and 28, 2018

Biodynamics for Vineyards Workshop. Old Westminster Winery, Westminster, MD

This two-day workshop includes lectures and field work that will focus on overall soil health and a balanced farm system, which can be achieved through the following areas: cover cropping, compost, biodiversity, and biodynamic field sprays. You’ll come away with practical information to incorporate one, or all, of these practices into your own vineyard.

The workshop will be led by Joseph Brinkley, Director of Vineyard Operations at Bonterra Organic Vineyards.

During this two-day workshop we will be traveling from the winery in Westminster, Maryland to a vineyard in Clarksburg, Maryland. You will need a car to get back and forth between the two sites. There is plenty of parking at both locations.

This event is sponsored by the Maryland Wineries Association & Old Westminster Winery, with support provided by the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing.

About the MD Wine Speaker Series: The series was established in 2016 by the Maryland Wineries Association to infuse world-class knowledge into the wine and grape industry by facilitating visits by renowned practitioners and researchers.

July 30, 2018

Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell University will be offering a workshop entitled “Quality Issue in Cool Climate Reds.” The session will be held at CLEREL in Portland, NY on July 30th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The cost is $50 and lunch is provided.

We hope that you can join us to discuss some important pre-harvest considerations for red wine production.   Click on this link for the program agenda: 2018 Quality Issues in Cool Climate Reds

Late July through early August 2018

There will be a series of statewide meetings to provide winegrowers with important pre-harvest considerations. Enology extension educator, Molly Kelly, and Bob Green, winemaking consultant/educator, will present. These sessions will include sensory training of wines produced from unripe, compromised fruit and a tour of the host winery (if applicable).

All sessions will be from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.  The registration fee is $20 and includes program materials and light snacks.

  • Southwest: July 25, 2018. Winslow Winery, 42 Pine Ln., Perryopolis, Pennsylvania 15473
  • South Central: July 26, 2018. Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Dr., Biglerville, PA 17307
  • Northeast: August 9, 2018. Grovedale Winery and Vineyard, 71 Grovedale Ln., Wyalusing, PA 18853
  • Southeast: post-harvest session day to be announced

Register by clicking on the link (if the link does not open, copy and paste into your browser’s address bar):

If you have questions about registering, call 1-877-345-0691 for assistance between 8am – 5pm Eastern Time.

Fall 2018

Penn State Berks Online Wine Making Certificate Program. Classes throughout spring and fall 2018:  Penn State Berks Wine Making Certificate Program

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