Grape Growing


Resource Links

Vineyard Business & Economics

Current. Kern County Grape Publications. University of California Cooperative Extension

Current. North Carolina Winegrape Grower's Guide. Poling, B. Editor. Wolf, T.K., Allen, A., Johnson, A., and Gosper, J. North Carolina State University.

Current. Publications Available From The Finger Lakes Grape Program. Cornell University

Current. Small Fruit and Grape Extension Publications. Michigan State University.

Current. Cost & Return Studies. Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis.

2011. Cost of Establishment and Production of Vinifera Grapes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. White, G.B., Cornell University.

2010. The Cost of Growing Wine Grapes in Western Colorado. Sharp, R. and Caspari, H. Colorado State University.

2008. Starting a Vineyard in Texas - A Guide for Prospective Growers 2008. Kamas, J., Hellman, E., Adams, P., Burns, T., Pontasch, F., and Westover, F. Texas Agrilife Extension.

2005. Midwest Grape Production Guide. Dami, I., Bordelon, B., Ferree, D.C., Brown, M., Ellis, M.A., Williams, R.N., and Doohan, D. The Ohio State University

2003. Growing Grapes in Missouri. Byers, P., Editor. Avery, J., Byers, P., Howard, S., Kaps, M., Kovacs, L., Moore, J., Odneal, M., Qiu, W., Saenz, J., Teghtmeyer, S., Townsend, H., and Waldstein, D. Missouri State University.

2001. Business Planning and Economics of Midwestern Grape Production. Bordelon, B. Purdue University.

2001. An Economic Survey of the Wine and Winegrape Industry in the United States and Canada. Sumner, D.A., Brombrun, H., Alston, J.M, and Heien, D. University of California, Davis.2001. Growing Grapes in Indiana. Bordelon, B.P. Purdue University

2000. Growing Grapes in New Mexico. Herrera, E. New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension

1998. Colorado Grape Growers' Guide. Hamman, Jr., R.A., Savage, S.D., and Larsen, H.J. Colorado State University

1996. Mid-Atlantic Winegrape Grower's Guide. Wolf, T.K. and Poling, E.B. North Carolina State University.

Pests, Diseases, Disorders and Nutrition

Current. The Vineyard Doctor. Grape Community of Practice. Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System.

Current. Pierce's Disease Overview and Management Guide: A Resource for Grapegrowers in Texas and Other Eastern US Growing Regions. ed. J. Kamas, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System

Current. Pests, Diseases, Disorders and Nutrition Pages. Washington State University. Viticulture & Enology Research & Extension.

2012. Pest Management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon. Skinkis, P., Pscheidt, J., Walton, V., Peachey, E., Zasada, I., Martin, B., and Sanchez, D. Oregon State University Extension Service.

1995. Grape IPM in the Northeast. Weigle, T. and Kovach, J. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. Cornell University. Publication Number 211 1995

Location Data: Climate, Topography

Current. Climate Averages. Oregon State University, PRISM Climate Group.

Current. Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Database. Soil Survey Staff. United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Current. General Soil Map (STATSGO2) Database. Soil Survey Staff. United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Current. Web Soil Survey. Soil Survey Staff. United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Current. National Elevation Dataset. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), EROS Data Center. 

2010. Spatial analysis of climate in winegrape growing regions in the western United States. Jones, G.V, Duff, A.A., Hall, A., and Myers, J. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. 61:3, 313-326. [PDF available here]

1992. Viticulture and environment. Gladstones, J. Winetitles, Adelaide. [OCLC/WorldCat 48483965]

Farm Certifications

Farm certifications confirm characteristics of winegrape production. Most certifications are verified by an independent third party. Growers participate in certification programs for several reasons including: Many wine customers and wineries demand production practices meet certain standards, certifications can increase winegrape prices, and certifications help differentiate a vineyard's grapes.

 Certification NameDescriptionWebsite
California Certified Organic Farmers CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture.
Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Dedicated to increasing the sustainability of the California wine industry by promoting the adoption of sustainable practices and ensuring continual improvement.
Demeter Certified Biodynamic Biodynamic® farming free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in the same manner as certified organic farming.
Fish Friendly Farming Certification program for agricultural properties that are managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality.
Food Alliance Provides comprehensive third-party certification for social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Low Input Viticulture & Enology Uses international standards of sustainable viticultural and enological practices in both wine-grape and wine production.
Lodi Rules Promotes practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being, while meeting our needs today without compromising the needs of future generations.
Napa Green Land Enhances the watershed and restores habitat with sustainable agriculture practices.
Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine Combines third party certifications to give the wine buyer one clear mark with which to easily identify an Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine.
Oregon Tilth A system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.
Salmon-Safe Focuses on reducing runoff from hillside vineyards and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites.
Sustainability in Practice Protecting both natural and human resources. Growers and winemakers recognize that mindful fruit production and care for workers™ well-being are important components of quality wine.
USDA Organic USDA’s National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.
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