Muscadine Grapes

  • I have had the pleasure of being out and about in some muscadine vineyards over the last several days and wanted to give an update on what’s going on in the muscadine world here in Georgia – it is quite an eventful time with harvest upon us… Fresh market: Harvest for fresh market muscadine grapes…

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  • Last week, UGA Extension Viticulture hosted its largest program yet:  The New Grape Growers Conference.  Over 75 industry members, new growers and specialists gathered at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, GA, to take part in a crash course of how to start, manage and succeed with your vineyard and winery.  Attendees were primarily from…

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  • MONITORING MATURITY: Monitoring grape maturity is important in order to determine when to pick. I am not going to go into the rather subjective details of what defines maturity for making quality wine. Most industry practitioners use a combination of chemical and sensory evaluations to determine when to pick (… as well as the physical…

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  • Veraison is here in many parts of GA – see the 10-day-old photo of a Merlot cluster (below) for proof. Though I was not in Georgia for the previous veraison period, I know that veraison is a bit ahead of schedule this year.  This is usually a welcomed occurrence as this could mean that harvest will follow suit.  However,…

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  • Rainfall has been plentiful this spring and early summer in many areas across the Southeast, which is a considerable change from last year in many of the same areas.  A wet summer can put additional stress on weed management programs and result in escaped weeds that thrive. If you have young, newly planted vineyards make…

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  • Japanese beetle season is upon us. These beetles feed on over 300 species of plants including tree fruits, small fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and of course, grapes. Japanese beetles can be a severe pest of grapes during the summer, feeding mainly on foliage and (thankfully) rarely on the berries.

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  • There will be a muscadine grower roundtable meeting at Still Pond Vineyard in Arlington, GA: Welcome This meeting is intended to discuss common and major concerns for muscadine industry stakeholders. This will help direct future extension and research pursuits in muscadine grapes. Rachel Itle, Cain Hickey and Patrick Conner from the UGA Horticulture Dept. will be in attendance. This…

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