Sap is up. Peach and pear trees are in bloom across the hillsides. Daffodils are on full display. We cannot keep the smiles off our faces. If you are still in the thick of winter weather, head to the Ozarks! Ponds are full, and we are ready for growing season!
News of the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers (AAGG), including grape and muscadine commerce, vineyards, agriculture tourism, agricultural events affecting viticulture, enology, and food sciences.
We love rollercoasters! It’s a good thing that we do, considering the ups and downs of this week’s temperatures and weather conditions. We can go from short sleeves to winter layers and polar level coveralls in a flash! Pruning continues at breakneck pace. We took a break to run to town and caught the gorgeous sunset last night. The best thing about being outside so much is the opportunity and reminder to enjoy all that nature can display.
Join us at the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers 2017 Annual Conference Friday, November 3, 2017 at the campus of ATU-Ozark in the Student Services Conference Center. Following the conference, attend the wine reception and evening banquet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Altus. AAGG Conference details:
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We had a productive meeting in March, as we plan for the 2014 AAGG Conference and Trade Show to be held this fall. We will post the date as soon as it is confirmed.
In the meanwhile, preparations in the vineyards are moving forward for the growing season. The spring foliage is a welcome sight after a challenging winter. It will be interesting to hear from growers around the state and region how the winter has affected your vineyards. Early reports are that water conditions are better than last year with ponds finally filling.
Agri tourism may also benefit with the Ozarks looking alive with dogwoods blooming--peak probably will be within the next two weeks. Canoes and kayaks are headed to the are whitewater spots, as well. The spring and summer promise to be busy for all of us!
The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers' 2013 Conference, Banquet and Trade show was a successful event. Thank you so much to all the presenters, the staff of VESTA, Arkansas Tech University Ozark, and the AAGG board for producing a quality event. We enjoyed the strong vendor participation, representing a variety of industries supporting the grape industry. Thank you to all attendees for your support and suggestions for planning future events to serve grape growers in the state and the region.
As we write, we are experiencing snow in west and northwest Arkansas, while central Arkansas is recovering from an ice storm. This 2013-14 winter has been particularly cold, with several episodes of single-digit weather and several winter precipitation events. I am sure for most, vineyard activities have been more limited than usual, but the precipitation in any form has been welcome. Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in the west who are experiencing drought conditions, knowing they would enjoy some of our precipitation.
Check back for events and news to get everyone prepared for the 2014 growing season!
Join us on Friday, November 15 for the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers 2013 Conference, Trade Show, and Banquet which will be held at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus at 1700 Helberg Lane in the Student Services and Conference Center. We are excited about the esteemed and dynamic presenters for the conference and the opportunity to network with regional viticulturists and industry researchers and specialists in the grape and enology fields. See the schedule, register for the conference, and join or renew your membership for 2013 and join us for the AAGG Annual Meeting at 8:30 a.m at the beginning of the conference. The schedule and registration can be accessed at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/472304
There are two events of interest to area viticulturists. One is the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Conference and Symposium July 15-18, 2013 at the Winston Salem Mariott/Embassy Suites. The web address for the event is below, and those who want to enter wines for the conference can find requirements for delivery of the wine prior to Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Grape Agstravaganza, presented by VESTA and Redlands Community College, is July 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in El Reno, Oklahoma. The event begins with lunch and continues with an afternoon of presentations by Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, Captain Roger Chandler, and Dr. William Phillips. Topics will focus upon the impact of vine spacing, rootstock, and trellis system on productivity of Noiret, and other issues related to current and anticipated regional trends in viticulture. Pre-registration is required for attendance. Call 405-422-1289 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers announces its 2013 Conference, Trade Show and Banquet which will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 on the campus of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, Student Services Conference Center, Ozark, Arkansas. The Banquet following the conference will be at Lawrence Hall, St. Mary's. We anticipate a program of esteemed viticulturists and experts and will update with specific presenters. Contact Dr. Anitra Fay ar.assoc.grape.growers@gmail for questions or interest in attending or participating in the trade show.
Enjoying Wine-- A Tasting Seminar, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, will be held Saturday, April 20 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Seminar Facilitator is Lori Hambuchen, author of Uncorked and owner of The Wine Center. The seminar will focus upon wine and food pairings, understanding tasting basics, and overview regional wines and new vintages. Space is limited--$75 per person and $125 per couple. Contact Veronica Post to register, email@example.com or 479-508-3370
You are invited to attend a Sensory Evaluation Workshop April 13-14, 2013. The event, sponsored by the VESTA National Center and Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, will be held at The Gathering Place, 1606 Franklin Street, Altus, Arkansas. Featured presenter is Dr. Renee Threlfall of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Saturday, April 13, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost to VESTA Students enrolled in VIN 266.
ATU Students--$60 Registration All Others--$120 Registration
Advance Registration is required. Reservations will be acknowledged by e-mail.
Contact Veronica Post, VESTA Arkansas Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (479) 508-3370, Cell: (479) 518-1963, Fax: (479) 667-5588
Travels to area vineyards, in Arkansas and beyond, confirm the occurrence of comforting rituals so prominent in the wintertime grape vineyard. Winter is the season to prepare for the next growing season. Although winter provides a respite and can be a time to relax and be off-schedule, there is an always-surprising amount of work to be done. This year, regional vineyards are paying particular attention to the weather, reviewing their irrigation practices and repairing or improving equipment and water sources, to be prepared in case we are hit with another harsh summer.
Winter also is the season for many national and regional industry conferences, giving growers an opportunity to meet colleagues, customers, and vendors in preparation for the next growing season. The meetings are often intense and lengthy, with a lot of information to be gleaned; yet, the growers emerge with new information, research results, connections, and ideas to bring back to the vineyard. Best of all are the new and the renewed relationships, collaborative experiences, and connections that add to the joy of the vineyard and viticulture.
We appreciate all of the growers and industry partners in Arkansas and those throughout the region who share our enthusiasm of grape-growing and the development of the industry and the art. Thank you for your participation in our ventures and passions!
The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers (AAGG) hosted their Inaugural Conference and Trade Show on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Ozark Campus of Arkansas Tech University. VESTA was a major supporter of the event, which was well attended by regional vineyard owners; purchasers of grapes; academicians involved in viticulture, enology, and food sciences; industry vendors; and students. Workshop topics ranged from weather trends to vineyards canopy management. The workshop and evening banquet provided opportunities for participants to network, discuss the grape industry, and make plans for the future of AAGG and the regional growth of the grape and muscadine industry and regional agriculture tourism. Enthusiasm is high for the future of the grape industry in Arkansas.