Teaching vineyard hosting grape-growing series

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, a teaching vineyard in Marshall with one acre under vines of the native cold-hardy Katuah muscadines found growing in the Madison County mountains, has announced a schedule of classes for those interested in learning to grow cold-hardy grapes in the mountains.

The classes will discuss propagation, planting, training, trellising, pruning, and harvesting cold-hardy grapes. Classes and workshops will be held at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall.

Three classes already have been held, with others, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held as follows:

• May 13, Planting, Propagation tips, and trellis design/installation

• June 10, Training and mid-season canopy management

• June 22, Disease recognition and treatment

• July 8, Sales and Marketing, Grape Sale Contracts

• Aug. 24, Harvesting workshop

• Aug. 26, Harvesting workshop

• Sept. 28, Grape-based products & Processing

• Oct. 5 , Winemaking

• Oct. 7, Winemaking

Each four-hour class/workshop costs $35 and includes a catered lunch. Call Chuck Blethen at 828-606-3130 for more information or e-mail Chuck@JeweloftheBlueRidge.com for directions. Visit www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com to register and pay in advance.

JBRV reserves the right to change schedule dates/places depending upon the weather. For additional information, call Chuck Blethen at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard at 828-606-3130.

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