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WSU Viticulture and Enology

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Backyard Vineyard

Not many things can be as rewarding, or challenging, as growing your own backyard grapes.  Below are links to information sources specific for the hobby viticulturist.


Importance of Clean Plants and Quarantines

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Regardless of whether you are a commercial grape producer or a backyard enthusiast, Washington State has strict quarantines regarding where your grapes come from.  DO NOT bring back grape plants from your trips abroad (whether domestic or international). Doing so may result in very strict fines, but more importantly, may bring in diseases and pests that could severely hurt the commercial grape industry.  ONLY buy stock from reputable nurseries. All plant materials originating outside of WA (whether certified or not) need to be inspected by the WSDA upon arrival; notify the nursery that they need to include an origination certificate (more information below) with the shipment. Just because an out-of-state nursery will ship to you, does not mean it is legal to do so. More information on “planting clean” and WA quarantines are found here:


Production Guides

Many different states in up-and-coming production areas have excellent resources on starting a small vineyard. The principles behind trellising and training a vine similar, and should help you in your backyard endeavors.

Nutrient and Fertilizer Management

Variety Selection for Your Backyard Vineyard

Trellising, Training, and Pruning Your Backyard Vineyard

 Pest Management in Your Backyard Vineyard

Pest management is one of the more challenging aspects for backyard gardeners.  Use the following resources to help guide you in your understanding of grape pest management.

 Water and Irrigation Management

Quick Links

WSU Master Gardener Program

Learn about gardening through your local Master Gardener program.

eViticulture

National Extension effort developing online resources for grape production.

WSU Viticulture & Enology Certificate Program

Expand your knowledge by taking one class or an entire program online through WSU.

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Ask your grape questions here!

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