August 11, 2pm–4:30pmWhere
Ashtabula Agricultural Research Center 2625 South Ridge East, Kingsville, oh
This free event is for anyone interested in Ohio’s $786 million grape and wine industry, including grape growers, wine industry workers, horticulture students, and food and wine journalists.
Experts will be talking about red blotch, an insect-transmitted virus that is new to Ohio. Grapes from red blotch-infected vines have less sugar in them, among other problems, which reduces their selling price and the quality of wines they can make.
Experts also will discuss:
- Renewing grapevine trunks injured by bad winter weather, such as 2014’s polar vortex
- The grape-friendly soil profile at the 25-acre station, which lies within the Lake Erie American Viticultural Area just a few miles south of the lake
- The glacial history of surrounding Ashtabula County, and why that history makes the region good for growing grapes.
For more event details, call the station at 440-224-0273.