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Grapes & Vineyards

Browse all grape and vineyard extension topical resources using the Grape & Vineyards Topics section of the right menu. Select topics are highlighted below.

Viticulture

Washington is the national leader in juice grape production, and second in wine grape production.

Our goal is to provide quality information and tools for the viticulture industry in Washington State and the surrounding region.  Growing grapes can be challenging in any environment, but Washington State is the perfect climate for wine.

Vineyard Establishment

Learn and gather information on what it takes to plan for, and establish, a new vineyard site.  Find information on climate, soils, site preparation, and how to properly select plants.

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Vineyard Management

Managing a vineyard can be as challenging as establishing one.  Gather valuable information on trellising and training systems, general grape growing practices, and vineyard floor management.

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Vineyard Irrigation

The majority of grape production in Washington is located in the arid “East” where irrigation is an essential part of agriculture. This page has more information on general practices for irrigated agriculture.

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Grape Health (Pests, Diseases, Disorders, Nutrition)

Maintaining plant health is vital in the quality production of grapes. 

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Economics of Grape Production

Viticulture is the business of producing grapes.  Having a solid understanding of the economics and costs of producing grapes is vital for the sustainability of your business, and of the industry.

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Juice Grape Sustainability

The WA Juice Grape Sustainability Report Card is designed to aid juice grape producers in documenting their practices, and how those practices influence the overall sustainability (economically, environmentally, and socially) of their farms. The Report Card also contains information and resources to help growers develop action plans to improve their sustainability in areas where they may fall short.
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Clean Plant Center – Northwest Grapes

The Clean Plant Center Northwest-Grapes (formerly the Northwest Grape Foundation Service) is a starting point for growers to receive planting stock that is state-certified as to being tested free of targeted viruses.
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General Resources

Many other resources are available to winemakers, growers, and those interested in Washington Wine and Grapes.  Check out our:

Weather Information

Pests & pest control

Diseases & Disease Control

Virus Diseases (Virology)

In order to grapple with the wine grape industry’s concern about grapevine virus diseases, a partnership of wine-grape growers, certified nurserymen, representatives from the Washington, Oregon and Idaho state departments of agriculture and Washington State University faculty are investigating detection and management strategies.

Learn more about WSU’s Grape Virology Program »