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Virginia Sustainable Winegrowers Self-Assessment Guide (VA SWAG) Update

Fellow Growers, We have completed the first partial year of operation using the Virginia Sustainable Winegrowers self-Assessment Guide (VA SWAG) website since 4 April 2013. We will now capture all the work accomplished by you who have started or completed … Continue reading

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Join the Virginia Wine Council for Virginia Wine and Vine Day

Virginia Wine and Vine Day January 16, 2014 | General Assembly Building | Richmond, Virginia Please join the Virginia Wine Council for our Annual Virginia Wine and Vine Day! This is a valuable opportunity to meet with key legislators and … Continue reading

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Wine Microscopy Workshop

Two separate sessions will be offered: Friday, November 8, 9:00-3:00 pm or Monday, November 11th in the Virginia Tech, Food Science Building Teaching Laboratory, Blacksburg.  This workshop is for winemakers that would like hands-on training in microscope use in the wine laboratory. The instructor will be … Continue reading

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Primary Bud Abortion Discussion Page

From speaking to other growers in the area, it seems that 2013 was a very bad year for primary bud abortion in Viognier.   Growers affected by primary bud abortion are encouraged to share their experiences HERE.  Thanks in advance for … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 Grape Press

Happy Harvesting! The latest issue of the VVA Grape Press is out. Check out the new format that includes sections and labels to make it easier for you to navigate the newsletter. Click here to view the current issue or … Continue reading

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SWD Discussion Board

In an effort to address challenges with Spotted Wing Drosophila, Christine Vrooman has started a SWD discussion board. If you are having trouble with this pest or have some experience you would like to share in dealing with SWD, please … Continue reading

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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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