Don’t Miss The 2016 Viticulture Field Day!! A joint meeting with the Missouri Vintner’s Association!

The upcoming 2016 Viticulture Field Day is featuring an exciting line-up to benefit Missouri grape growers with the added bonus of a joint meeting with the MVA!

2016 MGGA Vit Field DayFeatured Education Presentations include:

How Important Is Canopy Management?
Is it sometimes OK to skip or is it truly essential for wine quality and the health of your vineyard? Dr. James Wolpert, the recipient of numerous awards and author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, will detail the importance of managing vineyard canopy. Jim worked as a Viticulture Extension Specialist where he was responsible for applied research and grower education programs for winegrapes in northern California. He later served as Chair of the Department of Viticulture & Enology for ten years where he held the title of Marvin Sands Endowed Department Chair. Jim retired from UC Davis in 2013, after 30 years of service and now lives in Hermann, Missouri.
Grape Berry Development, Composition & Viticulture Practices
Winegrape berry development is the most important process taking place in the vineyard during the growing season, a process that brings together the concerns of both the grower and the winemaker. Good-quality wine can only be made from good-quality grapes. While several factors impact grape quality, vineyard management practices used by the grower can have a very significant impact on berry development and composition. Andy Allen will help us review grape berry development and discuss how vineyard management affects fruit composition. With over 15 years of experience in viticulture, Andy has worked with grape growers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. He currently serves as Chair of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
Worker Protection Standards for Vineyard Workers: What You Need to Know
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect people who are exposed to pesticides through their work. Shawn Hackett, FIFRA Project Officer will address these standards and changes coming in the future.
Also Don’t Miss!
Research Updates with Dr. Misha Kwasniewski, Assistant Research Professor & Enology Program Leader at the Grape & Wine Institute; Programs for Vineyards from the USDA Farm Services; News and Updates from the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and much more!

Additional information and ONLINE REGISTRATION are available here.

$30 registration fee includes lunch.

Click here for a PDF containing complete information and a mail-in registration form  2016 MGGA Viticulture Field Day

We’re looking forward to seeing you!




Register Now for the 2015 MGGA Annual Meeting & Field Day!

Missouri Grape Growers Annual Meeting

& Viticulture Field Day!

Conveniently Renew Your Membership and/or Register for the Field Day Online HERE!

The 2015 Missouri Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Viticulture Field Day will take place June 9th at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Blufftop Bistro, Rocheport, MO

If you prefer to use US Mail, please download and print the following forms:

2015 VFD Attendee Registration Form

2015 MGGA-Renewal-Application

Agenda Includes:

Chill Out! – Cold Injury and Frost Damage of Grapevines:
Cold injury is often the blame for vine maladies in cold climates. Managing vine health is more than a prescription to combat cold injury but one of survival.  Learn how to take the kill of the chill out of your vineyard. Misha Kwasniewski, University of MO, GWI

Raising the Ceiling on Vineyard Floor Management:
Weeds are often considered a minor nuisance compared to other vineyard pest problems since weeds do not directly impact the vine or the grape crop.  Vineyard floor plants and weeds can be friend or foe; friend to help manage vine vigor and foe when they become competitive. Learn how to manage weeds for vineyard success.  Arianna Bozzolo, University of MO GWI

The Latest Buzz-Pest Management Updates:
New pest threats and old pest enemies in the vineyard.  What to be on the lookout for this season. Dean Volenberg, University of MO GWI

Industry Updates
Wine & Grape Institute Updates
MO Wine Alliance
Missouri Vintner’s Association
Missouri Wine Technical Group
Missouri Wine & Grape Board

Winery Contract Panel and Open Discussions:
Learn how to contract with wineries for selling your grapes and what the expectations are from the wineries.

Vineyard Tour at Les Bourgeois Vineyards  Replanting  projects

New Extension Professor @ The Grape & Wine Institute

Photo Volenberg

Dean S. Volenberg
Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist

Dean Volenberg joins MU’s Grape & Wine Institute

Dr. Dean Volenberg became Assistant Professor and Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist at MU’s Grape and Wine Institute on February 1st. Bringing nearly 20 years of extension experience, Dean came to Mizzou from a position in Wisconsin, where he had broad responsibilities for extension education program development and delivery, including educational programming for wine grapes with an emphasis on Integrated Pest Management.

Dean is looking forward to working with Missouri’s growing grape and wine industry and welcomes questions and suggestions from Missouri growers.

Contact Information:
Dean S. Volenberg
Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist
University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute

2013 MGGA Annual Meeting & Viticulture Field Day Agenda

Where: The Rosati Wine Museum, 22050 State Rt. KK, St. James, MO

Map Available at:

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9 a.m.

Cost: $20 per person member;  $25 per person non-member


8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.          Registration/Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.           Welcome and introduction of Sponsors

9:05 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.           Irrigation system maintenance — Pat Byers, University of Missouri Extension

9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.         Irrigation systems for horticultural crops, including grapes – Robert “Bob” Shultheis, University of Missouri

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.        Break and visit with sponsors

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.        Vine Water Status & Impact on Quality — Misha Kwasniewski, Missouri Wine & Grape Institute

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.                Missouri’s Updated Agri-Tourism Law – Kelley Smith, Missouri Farm Bureau

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          Lunch and Industry Updates

        • Wine & Grape Institute Updates
        • MO Wine Alliance
        • Missouri Vintner’s Association
        • Missouri Wine Technical Group
        • Missouri Wine & Grape Board
        • Introduction of Sponsors & Exhibitors

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.            MGGA Business Meeting

        • Minutes
        • Treasures Report
        • Missouri Wine Alliance Update
        • Elections

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.             Vineyard Tour at St. James Winery’s Tower Vineyard – Irrigation projects

You’re invited to a MGGA & Vintners Reception!

Members, potential members and allied industries of the Missouri Grape Growers Association and Missouri Vintners Association are cordially invited to a networking reception during the 2013 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference!

When: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Rocheport Room in the Embassy Suites-St. Charles

Stop by this free event and enjoy a glass of Missouri wine. Network with fellow
oenophiles and find out more about the Missouri Grape Growers and Vintners
Associations. No reservation required!

Big savings for last minute Grape and Wine Conference Registration!

We have been asked to pass on a special “Members’ Only” discount for the 2013
Midwest Grape & Wine Conference and Trade Show!

MGGA members have the opportunity to choose one of the following options:

  1. Choose the Day Pass option at 50% off which includes a trade show pass. Enter discount code “A”  at checkout.
  2. Choose a Free Trade Show Pass if you choose not to attend a session. Enter discount code “AT” at checkout.

You must use the corresponding Discount Code when registering. Get
complete event details at or call 888.273.4533

Don’t forget to enter discount code “A” or “AT” at checkout! See
you at the show!

USDA Wildlife Services seeking vineyards to relocate airport raptors

USDA Wildlife Services and grapes growers throughout Missouri have been working together to resolve bird damage at many of your vineyards.  Problems from American robins, European starlings, and other birds are costing grape growers thousands of dollars annually. 

One method to potentially mitigate some of the bird damage, as well as rodent damage, is to release Red-tailed hawks and other raptors at your vineyards.  Some of these released raptors might simply leave your farm, but some might find the area suitable and stay for a longer period of time.  Red-tailed hawks and other raptors are not known to cause any damage to grape crops or equipment.

If you are located within 80 miles of Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, or Warrensburg, please feel free to contact USDA Wildlife Services at (866) 487-3297.  You will be put in contact with a local wildlife biologist to discuss options for releasing raptors at your vineyard.