Viticulture 2010 - announcement!

February 12, 2010

This just in from Kevin Iungerman regarding Viculture 2010.  Kevin is with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, coordinating a huge portion of upstate NY, to provide research, education and support for commercial  tree fruit and grape  programs.

The early-bird rates for the convention have been extended!


Viticulture 2010: Discounted Registration and Hotel Rates Remain Available Through Feb. 16.

If you were leaning against going to Viticulture 2010 because you missed the original registration deadline last month, you now have another chance!
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation and the Viticulture 2010 committee have decided to keep all of the registration rates for the conference at the “early bird” level up until the day before the start of the event, February 16. The decision is in appreciation of the continued economic difficulties, and the uncertainty that many in the Eastern grape and wine industry are facing,
The full registration rate (three days) remains at $250. Single day registration starts as low as $100.
Full registration includes admission to all of the program options and trade show, as well as all meals and receptions including the Unity Banquet.
There are still rooms available at the event’s host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, for the special conference rate of $99/night. 
This year’s program once again includes national and international experts on a whole range of topics including viticulture, enology, marketing and business, and more.  Some of the speaker highlights include:
·        Dominik Sona, who is the vineyard manager for Weingut Dr. Loosen, one of the world’s premier producers of Riesling, and a winemaker for his own label.
·        Dr. Nick Dokoozlian, widely recognized as one of the world’s premier viticulturists.
·        Jay Wright, President of Constellation Wines North America, the third largest wine producer in the United States.
·        Dr. James Harbertson, an expert on the measurement and management of phenolics in the winery, and co-developer of the Harbertson-Adams phenolics assay.
·        Dr. Cliff Ohmart, one of the country’s leading experts on sustainability issues in the grape and wine industry.
In addition, many of Cornell’s own will be there as well, including Andrew Landers, Terry Bates, Wayne Wilcox, Greg Loeb, and Anna Katharine Mansfield.
And one last enticement for growers - CREDITS!  The DEC has approved our application for 3 total NY pesticide recertification credits for the two IPM sessions on Friday.  Pennsylvania growers will be eligible to receive up to 5 credits for those sessions as well.
Be sure to sign up online soon at the Viticulture 2010 website.




Kevin Iungerman, Extension Associate
Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Northeast NY Commercial Fruit Program
50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885-8995
FAX: (518) 885-9078
website: Coming in 2010.

Providing Equal Opportunity Commercial Tree Fruit and Grape Research, Education and Programming with the Support of the Farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Albany, Clinton, Essex, Saratoga, and Washington Counties, and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science.

Serving NY’s Upper Hudson and Champlain Region - Home to Premium Cold Hardy Orchard and Vineyard Fruit, Including: McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Sweetango Apples, and Marquette and LaCrescent Grapes!


We met Kevin through his work at the Baker Farm test vineyard in Willsboro, NY, which is right across Lake Champlain from Shelburne Bay in VT.  My family is in Willsboro, and we spend as much time over there as we can.  After many years of  idle dreaming about grapes and wine in the Lake Champlain Valley, a vineyard appeard right in front of my eyes.


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