07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Registration is required for program attendance. Led by Virginia Tech Viticulture Specialists, this free workshop will provide an introduction to the basic components of vineyard operation in Virginia. Attendance to this or a previously offered workshop is required for new growers in order to be eligible for the Vineyard Development and Expansion Cost-Share Program.
9:00 a.m. Introduction and Market Opportunities
9:30 a.m. Vineyard Business Planning and Predicted Cash Flows
10:00 a.m. Vineyard Site Evaluation and Environmental Challenges
10:45 a.m. Vineyard Design Considerations
11:30 a.m. Variety/Clone/Rootstock Considerations for the Mid-Atlantic
12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR)
12:30 p.m. Fundamentals of Vineyard Management
1:30 p.m. Overview of Vineyard Development and Expansion Program
2:00 p.m. Depart for Vineyard* (The Homeplace Vineyards, Chatham, VA)
*There will be an outdoor component to this meeting. Please dress appropriately.