Establishing and Managing a Small Vineyard

Learn to establish and manage profitable small vineyards with in-depth instruction and hands-on learning in this workshop designed for the grape grower, winemaker, viticulturist and apprentice viticulturist in the heart of Napa Valley at our Oakville Experiment Station.

Day one topics include:

  • Site selection to avoid frost and freeze events
  • Site preparation and amendment
  • Trellis selection to manage vineyard vigor
  • Soil preparation and amendments to ensure profitability
  • Cultural practices focusing on practical aspects of management
  • Irrigation system design and simplified irrigation scheduling for productivity
  • Quality and harvesting decisions

Day two will be spent in the vineyard, examining vineyard instruction on trellis types, pruning, irrigation system design and sprayer calibration.

Please dress appropriately for the vineyard sessions with closed-toe shoes, long sleeve shirts and pants. Space is limited. Early enrollment is encouraged

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Napa:Springhill Marriott Chardonnay Room

101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA, 94558

Napa:Springhill Marriott Chardonnay Room

Napa:Springhill Marriott Chardonnay Room 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA, 94558

Oakville:UCD Oakville Field Station

Oakville:UCD Oakville Field Station 1380 Oakville Grade Rd, Oakville, CA, 94562

Section Notes

Students will be at the Oakville Field Station all day on Friday. There will be field demonstrations all day regardless of weather conditions. Students should dress in weather appropriate clothing. Field work appropriate footwear is encouraged. Out of consideration to other students observing the demonstrations, umbrellas are discouraged.We would also suggest that students wear a hat and sunscreen. Please be advised, there will be a considerable amount of standing for long periods while students are in the field.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.