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Spotted Winged Drospohila Updates

If you are experiencing, or have in previous years, any issues with Spotted Winged Drospohila (SWD) and are interested in learning of fellow growers’ experiences this year and participating in an email conversation of SWD,  please email contact@ankidaridge.com.  

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VSWAG Update

The Virginia Sustainable Winegrowers Self-Assessment Guide (VSWAG) has been updated to provide a correction and three usability features for all users and finally several tool administrator functions that the user will not see or use but are important to keep … Continue reading

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Petit Verdot 1058 entav / RGM

A customer of Mercier has 1,000 greenvines available of Petit Verdot 1058 entav / RGM. These greenvines are ready to be picked up in Gordonsville, Virginia.  In case some of you are looking for some extra plants for this season, this … Continue reading

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May 14th Frost Damage Report

Parts of Virginia suffered freeze or frost damage during the early morning hours of May 14.  While this is a late spring frost, it is not unusual for such an event to occur at this date.  VVA would like to … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for Annual Summer Technical Meeting

This year’s topic for the Summer Technical is Steep Terrain Viticulture.  Registration is now open.  For more details visit here.

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The Summer Technical Program is Now Available

The Summer Technical will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at RdV Vineyards and Glen Manor. Registration will be held at Rappahannock Cellars where we urge members to carpool to the first host vineyard.  The Summer Social will begin at … Continue reading

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2012 Virginia Commercial Report Available

The 2012 Virginia Commercial Grape Report is now available online at VirginiaWine.org. The annual report is compiled by the Wine Marketing Office and provides information on the growing conditions and production from the 2012 harvest in Virginia. Information from this … Continue reading

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Help the National Weather Service by Reporting Rainfall

The National Weather Service is trying to expand the network of weather observations. As part of that effort Anita Silverman, Lead Forecaster of NWS Blacksburg is contacting vineyards and orchards across Virginia to recruit volunteers to report rainfall information. Rainfall … Continue reading

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Save the Date: 2013 Wine & Vine Day at the Virginia General Assembly

Please save the date for the VWC’s annual Wine & Vine Legislative Day to be held at the Capitol on January 17, 2013. This event is a great opportunity to gather with a group of your industry partners and remind … Continue reading

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Grape Grower of the Year Nominations due Friday!

Last February at our annual meeting, the Virginia Vineyard Association’s Grower of the Year Award was presented to Jeanette Smith of VineSmith.  Nominations will be accepted from members for this prestigious award through January 6, 2013. The candidate should meet … Continue reading

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The Winter 2012 Grape Press

The quarterly newsletter of the VVA is now available online. This issue includes articles on grapevine viruses, VVA Board of Directors election results, a summary of the VWA Annual Meeting, and information on the Annual Winter Technical Meeting. Grape Press: … Continue reading

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2013 Winter Technical Program Released

This year’s Winter Technical features: Thursday’s Workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Wine Board and will therefore have a separate registration fee of $20 to all VVA members and interested Virginia Residents.  It will feature a tasting and discourse of … Continue reading

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Governor’s Cup Gala

Februrary 21, 2013 | Richmond, Virginia We are pleased to invite you to the Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup® Gala supported by the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association. The Gala is the premier gathering of the Virginia … Continue reading

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Call For Nominations due November 6th!

The VVA will be holding it’s biannual election for positions on the board of directors this November.  We are seeking all interested parties to submit their names or the names of people they would like to nominate to the committee for inclusion on the election ballot.   … Continue reading

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In Memory of Jim MacKenzie

By now, many of you may have heard of the passing of our good friend and mentor Jim MacKenzie. Jim’s absence leaves a large hole in our industry and a great sadness in the hearts of those who knew him. … Continue reading

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The Vines and Wines of Bordeaux, first deadline is October 10th!

To Members:  We’re getting a good response to the VVA-sponsored Bordeaux trip this coming winter, and I thank those of you who have already enrolled and sent your deposit. For the rest of you who may be interested, I know we’re all in … Continue reading

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VWC Newsletter 9/12/2012

The Virginia Wine Council is preparing for the 2013 legislative session and is asking members to complete a short survey to help them set an agenda. To take the survey and read other VWC news please use this link:  Click … Continue reading

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Another New Invasive Drosophilid?

From: Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist | While investigating what was suspected to be an infestation of spotted wing drosophila in an Albemarle County vineyard on Thursday, we found a block with high numbers of adults of a different species, Zaprionus … Continue reading

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The Vines and Wines of Bordeaux

The VVA has finalized an 8-day, 7-night trip to Bordeaux, France, this winter to meet with vinegrowers, winemakers, researchers, and brokers to discuss production techniques, current research, winemaking, marketing, and promotion.  There will be tastings, of course, and some sightseeing, … Continue reading

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PVCC Announces first Chris Breiner Scholarship Recipient

Charlottesville, Va. – The first scholarship in memory of Chris Breiner, winemaker and managing partner at Stone Mountain Vineyards in Dyke, has been awarded. The recipient is Gregory Marcellus, who is working to establish a winery on a family farm … Continue reading

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