• Clean plant material fundamental

Clean plant material fundamental

  • February 1st, 2011

The young vines in grow tubes are replants due to disease-contaminated plant material.

When Tedd Wildman began planting lesser-known red wine grape varieties on Washington State’s Wahluke Slope ten years ago, he was careful to source plant ­material from certified nurseries. But not careful enough.

At the time, certified plant material [...]

  • Should you graft or replant?

Should you graft or replant?

  • February 1st, 2011

An example of a field-grafted vine.

Reasons to redevelop a vineyard vary—the vines may be the wrong variety, riddled with disease, or no longer productive. But when it’s time for a change, do you graft or replant?

Many of the juice grape vineyards in Washington State were planted in the 1960s; [...]

Good Point

  • February 1st, 2011

At this year’s Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers’s annual meeting, we have a special session called “Getting Paid: Tools for Grape Growers.” The session is funded by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency through the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. It will be presented three times with [...]

  • Last Bite–The Comeback Kid

Last Bite–The Comeback Kid

  • February 1st, 2011

A typical Riesling vineyard in Germany’s Mosel region. Some of the steepest vineyards in the world are found in Germany.

The white Riesling grape, a Vitis vinifera variety that has played a dominant role in the development of Washington State’s wine industry, typifies the rise and fall of wine varieties [...]

Rootstock effects on wine are minor

  • February 1st, 2011

Despite the discovery near Kennewick in 1894 of the destructive grapevine root pest phylloxera, the vast majority of Washington State’s vineyards continue to be planted to wine and juice grapes grown on their own roots. While juice grapes are relatively tolerant of the insect, European wine grapes can succumb [...]

Breaking the weed cycle

  • February 1st, 2011

Wapato, Washington, grape grower Mike Sauer has experience with replanting both wine and juice grapes. Wine grapes, when following wine grapes in a vineyard with wide spacing between vine rows, are relatively easy, but Concords following Concords are a ­different problem, he says.

Sauer’s early wine grape vineyards were planted [...]

  • Replacing vines

Replacing vines

  • February 1st, 2011

The empty spaces in this vineyard are grafted vines that didn’t take. “A vineyard like this with a lot of holes has issues that have to be dealt with,” said Kevin Corliss.

Jerry Czebotar likens human productivity to a Concord vineyard’s productivity. “Half of my 100-acre vineyard was planted in [...]

  • Stepping aside

Stepping aside

  • February 1st, 2011

Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively involved with than to list the ones he has chaired or served as an officer or board member.

In addition to serving as chair of [...]

Wine is good for you

  • January 15th, 2011

Published January 15, 2011
Add health benefits to the list of what’s good about Washington State’s grape industry. Moderate consumption of alcohol—especially red wine, and to a lesser degree grape juice—really is good for you, says a leading health researcher, more than 20 years after he first espoused the [...]

Growing new grape leaders

  • January 1st, 2011

In recent years, the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers has expanded its educational sessions and trade show to make it the biggest wine producers’ venue in the Pacific Northwest. More than 2,000 wine industry members are expected to converge February 8-11 at the Three [...]

Learn how to get paid

  • January 1st, 2011

Increasing numbers of growers are reporting difficulty in getting paid for their grapes, a result of the trickle effect that the down economy has had on the farm. To help growers improve their chances of payment, a series of “Getting Paid” seminars is planned in ­Washington State.

The first “Getting [...]

How to get paid for your grapes

  • January 1st, 2011

The down economy has had a ripple effect on the wine grape industry. Fewer restaurant meals and reduced entertaining budgets have slowed wine sales, backed up inventories, and bankrupted some wineries and distributors. All too often, growers who delivered grapes in good faith are being paid slowly, and, sometimes, [...]