Interest in Missouri winemaking exploded during the coronavirus pandemic and the University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) has responded to meet the demand. The GWI is a collaborative partnership between the Missouri wine and grape industry and the University of Missouri. The Missouri Wine and Grape Board provides guidance and oversight to ensure that GWI fulfills its responsibilities.…
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Great Wines and Whiskey Begin in Missouri White Oak Forests
Missouri rolls out the barrels for spirits industry
Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. University of Missouri Extension forester Hank Stelzer shared Missouri’s role in wine and spirit production during the recent White Oak, Whiskey & Wine tour. Due to popular demand and positive reviews, Stelzer plans to make it an annual event. Tourgoers visited the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at…
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…
Cheers from California
CAFNR alumni find success in the West Coast wine industry
In 2015 alone, California produced more than 600 million gallons of wine, accounting for 83 percent of the wine produced in the United States. Two alumni of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources played a role in those massive numbers as they have each found success while working in the industry. Moberly native Kristina Werner,…
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.
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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…
CAFNR's Colorful Wine History
Wine is back in Missouri. Vineyards plowed under during Prohibition are blooming again. The state’s wineries are winning international competitions. Viticulture, enology and winemaking are popular courses at the Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. It’s all but forgotten that grape growing and wine making…
Grape and wine symposium fosters collaboration
Good wine and great ideas were shared at the first Grape and Wine Symposium at the Bond Life Sciences Center last Thursday. More than 120 people gathered to learn about Missouri’s growing wine industry and the innovative research from the molecular genetics of grapevine disease resistance to the health benefits of grapes and wine. The event provided a forum for researchers to connect and explore collaborative projects.
University of Missouri will host first grape and wine symposium
From genetics to chemistry, economics and marketing to health, the science of grape and wine production offer myriad possibilities for collaborative research. The Missouri Grape and Wine Symposium on Dec. 8 is a unique opportunity for researchers across campus to connect and learn about the impactful research going on at CAFNR’s Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology (ICCVE).