Northern Grapes Project: Progress Reports
Year 4 Progress Report September 2014 - September 2015
Particka, Chrislyn A.; Martinson, Timothy E.
Northern Grapes Project Progress Reports
The Northern Grapes Project officially started in September 2011. The project initially received two years of funding. In the third year (2013), a “no-cost extension” maintained availability of previously-allocated funding to the project team, and some project members secured additional funds through state specialty crop block grant programs. We successfully reapplied for and received two additional years of funding for September 2014 through September 2016. Year 4 was the first year of the renewed funding, and team members were glad to be up and running again at full capacity. The fruit composition team continued to unravel the changes that occur during fruit ripening and to identify compounds in both the grapes and wines. Vineyard studies looking at training systems, crop load, nutrient managament, and fungicide sensitivity continued for the fourth season in all locations. The enology team conducted trials looking at yeast selection, deacidification methods, and skin contact. The marketing and economics team conducted willingness to pay and cost of production studies, and surveyed tasting room visitors. In this year of the project alone, our extensive outreach efforts reached an estimated audience of 3,460 via numerous outlets, including the Northern Grapes Symposium, our capstone event of the year. The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series, likely the most visible of the outreach products, had a live audience of approximately 835 at the 12 live sessions, and over 250 views of the recorded webinars.
Northern Grapes Project; Progress Report; 2014-15
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