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Grape growers conference features wine experts from Arkansas, California, New York
Oct. 13, 2021
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(556 words)(Newsrooms: with sidebar 10-13-2021-Ark-Wine-Tasting
With images of Rusty Tractor vineyard, events venue; filer of Threlfall,
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Using geographic information systems, improving vine quality,
plus a public tasting of Arkansas wines, are on the agenda for the Nov. 4 Arkansas
Association of Grape Growers conference to be hosted by Rusty Tractor Vineyards, 10
Rusty Tractor Lane, in Little Rock.
“The Arkansas Grape Growers Association has put together a stellar lineup of speakers
for the annual conference that will appeal to those interested in many aspects of
the Arkansas grape and wine industry,” said Renee Threlfall, a research scientist
with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Threlfall is director
of the Arkansas Quality Wine program and the association’s vice-chair. “After the
conference, wine lovers will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with grape growers
and winemakers while enjoying Arkansas wines.”
The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Conference registration is $50 for members
of the Arkansas Grape Growers Association and University of Arkansas and U of A System
Division of Agriculture employees or students. Registration is $100 for non-members
and $200 for vendors.
“We want to promote the Arkansas grape growing industry in any and every way we can,”
said Riley Mason of Rusty Tractor Vineyards. “Hosting the AAGG conference is one of
the ways we can pay back a small portion of the generosity and knowledge shared with
Conference registration includes lunch and the Experience a Taste of Arkansas Quality
Wine event from 5-7:30 p.m. The wine tasting will feature those produced commercially
under the auspices of the Arkansas Quality Wine program and made from 90 percent Arkansas-grown
grapes. Attendees can sample Arkansas wines and appetizers.
Researchers from the U of A System Division of Agriculture will lead a vertical tasting
of AQW wines. The wine tasting is open to the public at $10 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.Conference agenda:
The Arkansas Quality Wine program was established last year as part of a project funded by a specialty crop block grant
from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
AQW held its first competition in May. The silver and gold medal wines were featured at the AQW tasting held in September
in Fort Smith that drew nearly four dozen people. Many hadn’t tried Arkansas wines
before, and many were surprised at the quality.
“We were very pleased to see and hear the reactions of people who have a real interest
in wine,” Threlfall said. “It was very encouraging to see the wine tasting participants
discovering the quality being produced in their own state.”
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: aaes.uada.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary Hightowermhightower@uada.edu