Vine to Wine Update
Oregon Wine Research Institute
December 2015
Welco me to the  Vine to Wine Update. This monthly e-newsletter is designed to inform you of news, information and events from the Oregon Wine Research Institute , highlighting  our research programs and providing relevant information about the OWRI and our researchers. We continue to provide research-based viticulture and enology information for the Oregon wine industry. As always, we welcome industry input, so please ask  OWRI team members q uestions from the vineyard or the cellar.
 October Communications and Outreach Update 
 Danielle Gabriel, Communications and Outreach Manager 

OWRI seminar recording now available  
In early December, Dr. Patty Skinkis provided an update on the Statewide Crop Load Project established in 2012. This project is a large grower-collaborative study determining the long-term impacts of yield management on fruit composition, wine quality, and vine productivity of Pinot noir. A total of 14 collaborators have joined the project to date and implemented the experiment across 15 commercial vineyards, spanning 5 AVAs within the Willamette Valley. Each collaborator implemented two or more yield levels on-site by cluster thinning at lag phase each year. Results from the first three years of the project (2012-2014) were shared during this presentation. To watch a recording of her seminar, click here

  Upcoming Outreach and Seminars 
The OWRI team is developing programming for the coming year and we have an exciting lineup of seminars, workshops, and field days planned. Stay tuned for further details in upcoming Vine to Wine newsletters and individual announcements. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2016 Grape Day, to be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the LaSells Stewart Center, main campus, OSU. 
Be Aware of Cutworm Issues This Winter

The presence of winter cutworm has been confirmed in some vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This pest damages grassed alleys between vine rows and is also a concern for other crops in the valley. We would like the wine grape industry to be aware of this pest and its potential impacts. Please read this document prepared by OSU Extension faculty from the Crop and Soils Department. More information will be coming out about this pest in January.
2015 OWRI Picture Newsletter

To view the 2015 OWRI Picture Newsletter, click  here. Our end of the year newsletter provides an overview of our research, outreach and Extension activities for the year.   
From the Archives 
Now is the time to evaluate your pest management program and plan for 2016.  Below are some useful articles and documents that can help in development of disease programs, with emphasis on avoiding fungicide resistance:

Gary Grove, Professor of Plant Pathology, WSU and Jay Pscheidt, Professor of Plant Pathology, OSU wrote a piece on Fungicide Resistance Management in the Field Guide for Integrated Pest Management in Pacific Northwest Vineyards. This document was edited by M. Moyer and S. O'Neal, and printed by Pacific Northwest Extension Publishing (PNW644: pp 10-14).

Jay Pscheidt also wrote a piece entitled: "Fungal Sex Could Resist Your Advances: Fungicide Resistance Management Can be Complicated - Don't be Tricked," found in the September 2010 OSU Vineyard Notes

Fungicide Efficacy Reports
Dr. Jay Pscheidt publishes the results of his fungicide efficacy trials online each year. There is a wealth of information available. Updates based on the 2015 research year won't be up for a couple more months, but click here to go to the webpage and read past reports.
Online Viticulture Extension Course to be offered in Spring 2016

The Viticulture Extension online course  Principles of Vineyard Production will be open to industry and the public in spring 2016. The course, taught by Dr. Patty Skinkis, OSU's Viticulture Extension Specialist, is a non-credit course that covers techniques and concepts in wine grape vineyard management. Online participants will learn jointly with upper division students at Oregon State University who are taking the course as part of the BS degree option in Viticulture and Enology. This course provides professional development for industry members seeking continuing education or for those new to vineyard and winery production. Focus will be placed on the importance of making informed vineyard management decisions by understanding impacts on grapevine physiology and vineyard sustainability.

Major topics to be covered include vineyard site selection and design, clean plant materials, nutrient management, irrigation management, canopy management, vineyard floor management, pest management, managing fruit yield and quality, vineyard technology, labor and production economics.

The class will be held online live from 8:00-9:50 AM PST, Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 29 to June 2, 2016. Registered participants will receive access to recordings of each class, so live participation is not required. Click here  for more details on this course. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. To view the brochure, click here
Vineyard Terrior Short Courses Spring 2016 

Vineyard Terroir and Management in Bordeaux, February 29-March 4, 2016
  A 5-day vineyard terroir course is being offered by Bordeaux Agroscience at the Insitut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin at the Bordeaux Aquitaine University from February 29-March 4. Topics include viticultural soils and climates including soil pit studies, vine water status, role of nitrogen in terroir expression, choice of plant materials, management practices for terroir expression, scale issues, effect of soil and climate on terroir expressions through wine tasting sessions, optimization of terroir expression via enological practices.  Please click HERE for more information and registration.  
Vineyard Terroir and Vineyard Management in Burgundy, March 7-9, 2016
  This three day training course, designed for international professionals and taught by faculty at the Institute Jules Guyot at the University of Burgundy , shows how local climate and soil diversity affect the oenological potential of grapes and how vineyard management techniques and oenological practices can be used to manage diversity and enhance terroir expression. Click HERE for more information and registration.
Have a particular topic or question you would like to see addressed in the Vine to Wine? Let us know. 

Danielle Gabriel
Communications and Outreach Manager