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Advanced Viticulture and Enology Workshops

Since 2001, Oklahoma State has offered a Grape Management Course to those individuals who have an established vineyard or to those who are just getting into the industry.

Due to the popularity of the course, grape growers in the area now have a chance to expand their knowledge by attending a series of educational opportunities called the Advanced Viticulture and Enology Training Workshops.

"There are various issues and concerns in the grape industry, including the economy and even the weather," said Becky Carroll. "Although we aren't seeing the rapid growth in wineries and acreage of grapes planted compared to a number of years ago, we're seeing steady improvements in grape growing and wine making expertise. Oklahoma currently has about 500 acres dedicated to the grape industry and 65 wineries."

Because of these improvements, Carroll said she is excited to see these advanced workshops available to grape growers. She said this new workshop will pick up where the Grape Management Course ended. The workshops are made available by a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry through the Oklahoma Viticulture and Enology Fund.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Contact Stephanie Larimer by Email or call 405-744-5404 to register or for more information


March 9, 2018 - Grape Pruning Workshop

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Featured speakers are Justin Scheiner and Michael Cook of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

October 24, 2017 Workshop

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A special workshop was held at Waddell Vineyards near Ada on October 24. Featured viticulture speakers from Texas AgriLife Extension program include Dr. Justin Scheiner and Michael Cook. Dr. Renee Threlfall, University Arkansas and Luke Holcombe, Scott Labs addressed the enology portion in the afternoon.

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October 10, 2014 Workshop

"Matching Grape Varieties to the Climate: Options for the Future" is the topic for the third Advanced Viticulture and Enology Training Session. Dr. Bruce Bordelon,  Professor of Horticulture from Purdue University is the guest lecturer. Bordelon specializes in grapes and small fruit with emphasis on integrated crop management to improve economics of production, fruit quality and sustainability. Interactive time with Bordelon while in the vineyard.

July 11, 2014 Workshop

Second in a series of Advanced Viticulture and Enology Training is guest speaker, Dr. Justin Scheiner, Viticulturist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station.

Justin Scheiner is an Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Cornell University and a M.S. in Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences from Texas A&M University.

In his Extension role, Dr. Scheiner provides educational programming and technical support for grape growers in the Gulf Coast Region and North Texas. His research focuses on best management practices for vineyards in areas affected by Pierce’s Disease. Previously, Dr. Scheiner served as the Director of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Grayson College where he taught viticulture and enology.

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Location: Cimarron Valley Research Station, Perkins, OK.
10820 S. Jardot, Perkins, OK 
Travel North ½ mile from the intersection of Highways 177 and 33 north of Perkins, OK.  For reference there is a Sonic Drive-In at that intersection.

There is NO cost to attend, but please register with Stephanie Larimer by emailing: or by calling 405-744-5404. There is NO deadline to register.

This workshop series is provided by a grant from the Department of Commerce Viticulture and Enology Fund.

May 7, 2014 Workshop

Guest Speaker Keith Striegler, Flint Ridge Wine Growing Services, from Fayetteville, AR was the presenter for the day.