5th Annual Grape Growers Conference

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, and the French Broad Vignerons, will host the 5th Annual Grape Growers Conference in the Madison County Cooperative Extension auditorium in Marshall NC. Conference time will be from 9 AM – 4 PM.

The Conference will work to bring a new focus to growers and producers in the Western North Carolina region. The conference will not only address issues of substance for producers and growers it hopes to lay the basis for regular interaction on the part of vineyard managers, winemakers, and product producers.

In the morning program, Pete Fland, President of the French Broad Vignerons, will give a presentation about the trade association for all grape growers and winemakers in the region.

Chuck Blethen, owner of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, will share a list of available resources for making many value added products from grapes.

Josh Fowler, Winemaker from Lake James Cellars, will talk about how to blend grapes with other fruits to make great wines.

Alan Staton, owner of  Cabin Creek Vineyard, will offer tips on growing cold-hardy grapes in the mountains.

Samantha Biggers, owner of Morning Star Vineyards, will discuss new grape varietals suitable for growing in the mountains.

The afternoon program will consist of a Roundtable discussions. One will feature commercial vineyard managers from this reason. One will feature commercial winemakers from wineries in this area. The roundtable discussions will allow conference participants to ask questions about commercial grape growing and winemaking in our region.

The conference Early Bird registration fee is $45 paid in advance before midnight February 12. The regular registration fee of $50 will be for those who register between February 13 and noon on February 24. This registration also Includes lunch, coffee break refreshments, handouts, and free parking. Online registration is now available at www.GrapeSAVI.org until noon on Tuesday, February 24. The Walk-in Registration for those registering after noon on February 24 will be $55 and there is no guarantee that lunch will be available. People who register in advance will receive a copy of the agenda and directions to the conference location.

For additional information about the upcoming conference please contact Chuck Blethen, Executive Director, Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, 828-606-3130 or email Blethen@GrapeSAVI.org


Chuck Blethen  – Executive Director

Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute

PO Box 4

Marshall NC 28753 USA


e-Mail: Blethen@GrapeSAVI.org