Get all the dirt on growing grapes

A viticulture conference focused on how to grow grapes in a sustainable manner in Western North Carolina will be held all-day Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Warren Wilson College.

The conference is being put on in conjunction with Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute and Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall.

The all-day conference will feature speakers sharing information on how to grow grapes organically and biodynamically, which grapes are best for our steep mountain slopes and climate conditions, how to market a vineyard and winery, practical aspects of using various cover crops between rows of grapes, some of the many ways to generate value-added products from grapes including neutraceuticals and how to make wines from organically/biodynamically grown grapes.

The featured speaker will be Phillip Hart, owner/winemaker of AmByth Estates in California. He will talk about growing grapes bio-dynamically and making wines from his bio-dynamically grown grapes.

Fee is $40 in advance, or $50 walk-in registration. Includes lunch, coffee break refreshments, handouts and free parking. www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com.

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