Inside Winemaking - the art and science of growing grapes and crafting wine

In this episode, we have a conversation with viticulture specialist Fritz Westover. He shares his knowledge of vineyard management, focusing on cane pruning and shoot management methods. We discuss the significance of fruit drop timing, approaches to prevent powdery mildew and the advantages of maintaining a sustainable vineyard floor. 

We also go over the emerging wine regions of the U.S., the choice of appropriate trellis systems, and the problems posed by climate change and pests to grape cultivation. This episode is useful for both novice and seasoned winemakers looking to improve their grape farming and winemaking processes.

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Resources from this Episode

Westover Vineyard Advising:

Virtual Viticulture Academy:

Download Fritz’s member-only Crop Estimation Grower Guide to learn how to estimate, when to estimate, and tips for improving estimation accuracy:


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