Oklahoma Wine Grape Industry Education Schedule Released

Contact: Rinda Skaggs (405) 307-9968 Education Chairman Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association


Historic yields per acre, firm prices per ton for quality Oklahoma grapes, 30 active wineries, and attractive land prices continue to stimulate interest from investors and those seeking second careers or farm diversification. The landslide of interest has resulted in multiple responses from various institutions, according to Rinda Skaggs, Education Chairman of the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association.

The OGGWMA is comprised of vineyards and wineries across Oklahoma’s 10 eco regions. Our website, www.oklahomawines.org receives inquiries from all over the U.S. Our volunteer Board members give many hours each week answering questions from folks who want to grow grapes and solve vineyard problems. -- Rinda Skaggs

To promote the education of winegrowers and winemakers, the OGGWMA today released this current calendar of events and courses.

#1. So You Think You Want to Grow Grapes

Cooperative sponsors: Central Technology Center, Redlands Community College. A one day introduction to growing grapes in Oklahoma. Topics covered: History, Economics, Marketing, Variety and Site Selection, Site Preparation, Irrigation, Pest Control.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2005
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Central Tech Technology Center 3 CT Circle, Drumright, OK Seminar Center
Registration Deadline: October 27, 3:00 p.m.

This seminar is open to the public at no charge.

For more information or to register, contact Bill Inman, Central Tech, at (918) 352-4517

#2 OGGWMA Industry Reception : Meet your Extension Crop Specialist

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association for prospective, new and current members of the grape and wine industry, featuring Eric Stafne and the OSU Extension Grape Management Program. Meet OGGWMA Board members, winemakers and winegrowers from across Oklahoma, learn about OSU extension offerings and sign up for OGGWMA Membership.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland County Fairgrounds Arena Lobby 601 East Robinson in Norman, Oklahoma
Registration: OGGWMA Education Chair, Rinda Skaggs (405)307-9968 or email: jamesskaggs@prodigy.net There is no charge for this event, but you must register to attend. Pre registration preferred, but you may register at the door.

#3 Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association Annual Meeting

Date: January 21-22, 2006
Time: 2 day weekend event
Location: Holiday Inn Airport, 2101 South Meridian, Oklahoma City
Registration: Information contact OGGWMA Education Chair Rinda Skaggs, 405-307-9968.

This is the annual convention meeting of Oklahoma winegrowers and winery owners: Seminar topics for all experience levels in viticulture and enology; Oklahoma wine tasting reception sponsored by OGGWMA wineries.

#4 Grayson County Community College, Dennison, Texas

Date: Spring 2006 Weekend courses in viticulture and enology
Registration: Begins in December.
Contact: Cindy Perez
Administrative Assistant ~ Grayson County College Foundation

Viticulture & Enology Program Assistant
Office of Resource & Community Development
903-463-8621 - Phone
903-463-5284 - Fax

#5 2006 OSU Grape Management Extension Course

Date: Begins in March, 2006 and meets periodically during the grape crop cycle.
Time: Afternoon sessions
Location: OSU Test Vineyard at Perkins, Oklahoma. There is a class fee for this course
Contact: Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404
CLASS FILLS QUICKLY! Sign up now to receive information.

To find information about all Oklahoma wine industry events go to www.oklahomawines.org. Look for additional seminars to be offered at St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, Redlands Community College, El Reno, and the annual Horticulture Industry Show.

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