A workshop about growing grapes for wine is being offered Thursday, Oct. 12, at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville.
The seminar, part one of a two-part series, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provide an overview of what is involved with getting a commercial vineyard started in Maryland. The second workshop, to be offered in the spring of 2007, will discuss the ins and outs of starting a winery.
There has been tremendous interest in wine-grape production throughout Maryland, and there are many locations in the Maryland mountains and Piedmont where high-quality grapes can be grown.
However, successfully establishing a grape vineyard requires keen management and attention to details. New growers can attend this workshop to learn the specifics of vineyard establishment, variety selection and economics.