A Grape Day at Fresno State’s viticulture and enology facilities and vineyards next Tuesday will include updates on grape and wine research.
The informal biannual event will be presented from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by Fresno State’s Viticulture and Enology Department and Viticulture and Enology Research Center.
Late and onsite registration is $20.
Grape growers, packers, pest control advisers, winery personnel and others interested in grapes and wine will find topics of interest, Robert Wample, head of Fresno State’s viticulture and enology programs, told the Fresno Bee.
Topics will include mechanical pruning, the use of abscisic acid to enhance color, sensory laboratory projects, near infrared spectrometry technology, pest and disease control issues, hang time studies, water relations, deficit irrigation, soil moisture systems and the use of flow cytometry in winemaking.
The program will include field, lab and winery tours, classroom-style presentations and poster presentations by faculty, staff and student research assistants.
“Grape Day provides an opportunity for growers and winemakers to meet and talk to our faculty, staff and students about various research projects while visiting our unique grape and wine facilities,” Wample said.