SCC offering series of viticulture classes


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Surry Community College’s viticulture instructor Sarah Bowman will lead a series of one-day classes on grape growing during April, May and June.


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DOBSON — For anyone with an interest in grape planting and wine production, Surry Community College is offering a series of one-day classes on viticulture taught by the college’s viticulture instructor, Sarah Bowman.

Canopy Management for Quality Winegrape Production will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 113 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology, 630 S. Main St., Dobson.

Students will meet in the classroom and Surry Cellars Vineyard to learn about important canopy management tasks. Shoot thinning, shoot combing and positioning, leaf pulling, and hedging will be discussed. Advance registration and payment of $20 are required.

Vineyard Establishment and Planting is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 113 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology.

Students will learn how to successfully plant and care for young grape vines. They will spend the day in the field discussing planting methods and techniques, and planting in the vineyard. Advance registration and payment of $20 are required.

Crop Estimation and Adjustment for Balanced Growth and Yield will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 113 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology. Students will meet in the classroom and the Surry Cellars Vineyard to learn about these critical components of high-quality grape production. Advance registration and payment of $20 are required.

For more information or to register for these classes, call (336) 386-3618. These classes may be free through Surry Skill-UP, and you can call to apply for this free tuition.

Surry Community College’s Viticulture and Enology program offers a degree, diploma and certificate options with tracks in viticulture, enology, and marketing. To learn more about SCC’s program, visit www.surry.edu/wine.

Plans are in the works for the Seventh Annual Southeastern Grape & Wine Symposium that will be held at the college on Nov. 8. Follow the program on Facebook @ncviticulturecenter or Instagram @surrycellars.

Surry Community College’s viticulture instructor Sarah Bowman will lead a series of one-day classes on grape growing during April, May and June.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Sarah-Bowman-1.jpgSurry Community College’s viticulture instructor Sarah Bowman will lead a series of one-day classes on grape growing during April, May and June. Submitted photo

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