January 27-29, 2022: NC Winegrowers Association Annual Conference, at the Benton Convention Center, Winston Salem, NC. Details and registration information will be posted at https://www.ncwinegrowers.com/
March 11-12, 2022: NC Muscadine Grape Association Annual Conference. Winery tours and workshops Friday, March 11. Conference March 12 at the Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center, Lumberton, NC. Mark your calendar! Detalis and registration in early 2022. Program suggestions and exhibitor inquiries welcome. Contact NCMGA.
Past Events with Resources Available
Wednesday August 18 and Saturday, August 21: Making Muscadine Wine at Home. 10:00 am -11:30 am. An online class via Zoom. Topics include legal considerations for home winemakers, supplies needed, basic testing equipment you need, the winemaking process, and unique things about muscadines you need to know. The Wed, Aug. 18 class is oriented both towards novices and the Saturday, Aug 21 class towards more experienced home winemakers. Led by Chuck Blethen, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard (Marshall, NC). Chuck Blethen is a home winemaker with 40 years experience making country wines including muscadine wine and has won many medals in amateur wine competitions over the years with his wines. He is a wine judge trainer and a cruise ship lecturer on wine-related topics. He has published two books on wine evaluation and entertaining with wine. REGISTER HERE.
Wednesday August 11 and Saturday, August 14: Backyard Muscadine Production. 10:00 am -11:30 am. An online class via Zoom – same content both dates. If you’d like to grow a few muscadine vines in your garden, or if you have some and aren’t sure how to care for them, this virtual workshop is for you. The workshop will cover variety selection, planting, trellising, pruning, fertilization, and ongoing care for your vines. Led by Chuck Blethen, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard (Marshall, NC) and Mack Johnson (NC Cooperative Extension, Robeson County, NC). REGISTER HERE.
Tuesday, July 27: Food safety, sanitation, and post-harvest handling/cooling for Muscadine PYO and retail sales. 3:00 pm, virtual via Zoom. This session was for anyone who grows and sells muscadine grapes direct to the public, whether PYO, at a farm stand, or at a farmers market. Topics included key food safety concepts and requirements, including sanitation best practices, that all muscadine PYO and retailers should follow. Valuable information regarding post-harvest handling and cooling practices to maintain optimal quality of fresh-market muscadines was also covered..
- Recording of workshop (view on YouTube)
- Muscadine Postharvest for Fresh and Direct Markets (pdf of PowerPoint presentation)
- Food Safety Best Practices for Muscadine PYO and Retail Markets (pdf of PowerPoint presentation)
Wednesday, July 28: The Essentials of Muscadine Winemaking. 10:30 am-12:00 noon, virtual via Zoom. This workshop is part of the Muscadine Winegrowers & Winemakers Quality Enhancement Program (M-QEP). There are special benefits for NC commecial muscadine growers and winemakers who participate in this program. Home winemakers will find the sessions on August 18 and 21 more appropriate. Learn more about the program here. Topics included:
- Receiving and handling grapes at the winery
- Following the process from juice treatment through fermentation, clarification, racking, filtering, stabilizing, blending and bottling