Viticulture courses slated


Surry Community College is offering several courses this winter for those looking to learn more about viticulture – the cultivation of grapevines.

Cold Damage Assessment and Management will be the topic of a workshop on Friday, Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology, 630 S. Main St., Dobson.

Cold damage results in damaged fruiting positions or missing vines on a yearly basis in North Carolina vineyards. Knowing how to properly assess cold damage will help identify problems in a vineyard and encourage proper management strategies. This workshop will cover strategies to avoid cold damage as well as pruning techniques to compensate for bud damage from winter freeze events. Advance registration and advance payment of $20 are required.

Backyard or Small Farm Grape Production will be covered in a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Room 113 of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology, 630 S. Main St., Dobson.

This introductory level course will focus on backyard and beginning small-scale commercial grape production. The class will cover topics such as site selection, site preparation, choosing varieties and what you will need to do to keep vines healthy. advanceregistration and advancepayment of $20 are required.

Vineyard Nutrition will be discussed in a class on Friday, Feb. 17 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology in Dobson. Participants will learn to break down soil and petiole sample reports to create an effective fertilization program. The physiological health status of one’s vineyard strongly depends on the nutrient availability to the plant. This workshop will discuss optimal vineyard nutrition, provide nutrient level thresholds and recommend fertilization practices for growing high quality wine grapes. advanceregistration and advancepayment of $20 are required.

These classes may be available free through Surry Skill-UP; call to apply. For questions and registration, call (336) 386-3618.

For additional information on SCC’s viticulture course offerings, visit www.surry.edu/wine or follow the Viticulture and Enology program on Facebook @ncviticulturecenter.

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