Making Muscadine Grapes More Desirable

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By Jaci Schreckengost A Georgia specialty crop has seen increased interest and more research for varieties and management strategies. Cain Hickey, Extension viticulture specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that some aspects of muscadine grapes are sparking grower interest. Since the muscadine grape has grown and evolved in the humid conditions of the southeastern United States, Hickey said …

FAMU Center Boosts Florida Viticulture Industry

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“When the grapes are out, we are out,” said Violeta Tsolova, professor and director of the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She was referring to the researchers and students at the center working to help grape growers be successful in the Southeast viticulture industry. NATIVE GRAPES Growers in the Southeast have …

Improving Grape Varieties for Southeastern Growers

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Auburn University research has created new opportunities for growers who want to begin or increase grape production. Elina Coneva, Extension specialist for the Auburn University department of horticulture, said new research has increased interest in grape production in the Southeast. Muscadine grapes are currently the most popular type of grapes grown in Alabama. This is due to the resistance the …

2017 Georgia Wine Grape Harvest Wrap-Up

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Wine grape growers and researchers in north Georgia gathered on Nov. 1 to discuss the 2017 season and harvest. Kaya Vineyard and Winery, in Dahlonega, Georgia, was the host of the roundtable discussion. The conversation included growers, researchers and other industry professionals talking about the harvest season and results. Clark MacAllister, University of Georgia’s Extension coordinator for Dawson County and …

Testing Trellis Systems for Georgia Grape Growers

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Georgia researchers are testing wine grapes to help growers learn what varieties and systems grow the highest quality fruit in their part of the state. Paula Burke, an Extension agent at the University of Georgia, said harvests began recently on a research plot that she works on in Carroll County, Georgia. The wine grape industry in northwest Georgia has started …

UGA Prepares for Growing Grape Industry

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The University of Georgia (UGA) recently put a new viticulture team in place and hired new professionals in response to the continuously growing interest in the Georgia grape industry. Cain Hickey, UGA viticulture Extension specialist, discusses the growing grape and wine industry in Georgia. Two of the main goals of the UGA research are to improve crop yield and quality, …

Georgia Grape Growers Work Around Weather Challenges

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Georgia’s varying elevation and the weather that comes along with it have positive and negative effects for the state’s grape growers. University of Georgia’s Lumpkin County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister says different elevations and weather allow for different grape varieties to be grown in different areas of the state. Below 1,200 feet in elevation, where weather is warmer and humidity …

Chardonnay Research Underway in Georgia

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The University of Georgia’s (UGA) viticulture team has been working to increase the amount of research in the wine grape industry. A Lumpkin County, Georgia, research plot was harvested recently, said Clark MacAllister, a UGA Extension agent. This plot of grapes was harvested early because it is being used for a sparkling wine program, he said. This research, which included …