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An Overview of Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wine Grape Growing Practices
San Luis Obispo, CA
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An Overview of Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wine Grape Growing Practices
It is a generally accepted principle that great wines start in the vineyard.  Significant efforts are being made to improve wine quality while enhancing vineyards ecology.  Many descriptives are used to highlight wine-growing practices, causing at times confusion to the public. This short course will review the major wine growing practices and link them to desirable wine quality and ecological outcome.

Wolff Vineyards is a 125-acre ecologically friendly and certified sustainable (Sustainability In Practice) property in the Edna Valley.  The vineyard is engaged in various University research projects ranging from beneficial insects release programs, water deficit irrigation technologies, carbon sequestration, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to name a few.

The vineyard has been described by the wine press as "a living laboratory".The vineyard is a site for bird habitat enhancement and wild life corridor.  The property is surrounded by 3 miles of blue-line streams and engaged in a multi-phase fish habitat restoration program for the migratory steelhead trout with State and Federal Agencies.

Wolff Vineyards wines have consistently received numerous accolades from wine magazines and national competitions.

There are two sessions of this course.  Buying a ticket entitles you to go to both sessions. On Wednesday April 23 there will be a three hour afternoon lecture & discussion in a classroom. This will be followed on Friday, April 25 by a two hour morning walking tour of the vineyard and workshop at Wolff Vineyards.

Topics to be covered are:
Wine grapes;
concepts of rootstock, clones and varieties.

Grapevine needs;

soil, water, nutrients and sunlight.

Vine training techniques.

Wine grape farming practices and terminologies

Concepts of sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming, impact on wine quality and ecology.

Class participation will be encouraged.

Jean-Pierre Wolff, Ph.D. is Owner and Vintner of Wolff Vineyards a certified sustainable vineyard. He is currently Vice President of the Coastal San Luis Resources Conservation District, Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Liaison Advisory Board, Board member of SLO Wine Country, Vice Chair of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Board member Cal Poly Center for Sustainability and College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Science.  Recipient of the Central Coast Vintner of the Year Award, San Luis Obispo County Green Award.  He is a frequent speaker on wine industry topics.

His wine industry educational background includes oenology and viticulture courses at UC Davis.  Previous education includes a BSEE in Electrical Power Engineering, Master in Business Administration, Ph.D. in Science and Technology and teaching credential.

Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.

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If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.


4100 Vachell Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States


Education > Classes

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