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From City Politics to Plant Pathology

Megan Hall’s viticulture appointment is a partnership between Grape and Wine Institute, Division of Plant Sciences

As an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Megan Hall would have never envisioned spending her career in various vineyards throughout the United States. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, eventually getting involved in city politics in New York. She worked for a city council member in the Bronx – and…

Holden Turns to MU Extension for Help with Vineyard

Former governor led the way for Norton to become state's official grape

When problems arise with the ex-governor’s vineyard, he calls University of Missouri Extension viticulturist Dean Volenberg. Former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden grows Norton grapes at his weekend hideaway in Fredericksburg. Volenberg regularly visits with Holden as the ex-governor learns the nuances of growing grapes on rolling hills overlooking the Gasconade River. Stone Hill Winery uses the grapes to make the…

A Terrific Team

Missouri-based researchers to tackle grapevine research

Anthony Peccoux spent eight months as the leader of the viticulture area in the wine and grape program at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources before he tragically passed away in 2012. Peccoux made the most out of his time at Mizzou, connecting individuals in the grape and wine industry across Missouri. Allison Miller, an evolutionary…

Expanding Information and Opportunities

The Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium will take place in March

The University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute has two exciting events set for March. The 2016 Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium will run from Wednesday, March 16 to Friday, March. 18. This is the fifth year for the Grape and Wine Symposium, which will take place on Friday, March 18. This is the first year for the…

Building Relationships

Dean Volenberg tapped as director of the MU Grape and Wine Institute

Working in Extension in Missouri and Wisconsin, Dean Volenberg has always focused on building relationships with individuals and organizations. As the new Director of the Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Volenberg will have ample opportunity to build and cultivate relationships with grape growers and wineries. “These relationships happen…

Best of the Best

Kwasniewski is a recipient of the 2015 Best Paper Award from The American Society for Enology and Viticulture

Misha Kwasniewski is one of the few that the American Society for Enology and Viticulture chose to honor this year, by awarding him with the 2015 Best Paper Award.

Wine and Women

Group seeks to increase women's participation in wine industry

The Women’s Viticulture & Enology Network is aimed at connecting women interested in the fields of viticulture and wine making.

On the Watch for Pierce’s Disease

Nationally known viticulturists to share plans to stop spread of grape disease

A growing concern for researchers at GWI is the possibility of Pierce’s Disease in Missouri. An update on the potential of the disease in Missouri, diagnosis symptoms and ways to properly manage a vineyard for disease prevention will be presented in Columbia on May 6 by nationally known experts at the Missouri Pierce’s Disease Workshop: Evaluating and Mitigating Risk workshop.

Vine to the Plate

Table grapes could be the next crop for Missouri's fruit industry

Missouri has long been known as the Show-Me State. More recently, it has been recognized for its geology with the nickname as the Cave State. Given the history of the agriculture products grown in the state, it might be hard not to place Missouri as a grape state. In the mid 1800s German immigrants established some of the first wineries…

Vines and Wines

Symposium unites research community to improve Missouri's grape and wine industries

From tales of bold undergraduates who siphoned wine from the basement of Mizzou’s original academic hall while curators met above, to exploring the genetic potential of Missouri’s wild grapes, the second annual Grape and Wine Symposium covered the rich history and recently rediscovered potential of the wine industry in Missouri. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Grape…