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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


Sahap Kurtural, Ph.D., is an associate Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture with the Department of Viticulture and Enology. He is headquartered at the department’s Oakville Station, a 40-acre research vineyard in Napa Valley. Kurtural received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was an associate professor in viticulture and enology at Fresno State before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2015.


Sat., 9:00am to 4:30pm, Mar 23
Sun., 8:30am to 4:00pm, Mar 24


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



Fee $585.00

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 or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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