NCWA Events

Harvest Workshop

This workshop will be held at Surry Community College, SBVE Building,

630 So. Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017

Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pre- Registration Required - Click the following link -


10:00 12:00 pm  

Preparing for Harvest

Dr. Mark Hoffman/NCSU, Sarah Bowman/ SCC, Eric Case/ Burntshirt Vineyards

Grape Harvest in the Southeast; Complex Decision Making over the Whole Season

Dr. Mark Hoffman/NCSU

Crop Estimate Methodology, Canopy & Crop Load Management to balance Brix, pH, TA & sensory components

Sarah Bowman/SCC

Rots & Rain; When to Harvest, when to wait?

Eric Case/ Burnstshirt Vineyards (Recipient of the NCWA Grower of Excellence Award for 2018


12:00 1:00 pm Lunch


1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Optimizing Harvest & Fermentation 

David Bower/ SCC, Megan Hereford/ Scott Laboratories, Shaun Richardson/ Laffort, USA

Beyond Brix -David Bower/SCC 

  • Assessing ripeness and picking on pH, What high pH means for winemaking
  • Interpreting brix via a refractometer
  • Utlizing parameters beyond Brix, pH, and TA to assess ripeness (Malic Acid, Glucose/Fructose/YAN-combined), what is it?

Yeast Selection Based on Harvest Conditions -Shaun Richardson/ Laffort, USA

• Adjustments for rot / underripe grapes / Mythoxypyrazines / style


Harvest Protocol - Megan Hereford/ Scott Laboratories

  •  Nutrients & addition protocols
  •  Optional additions & their benefits (tannins, MLF co-innoc, etc.)

QAP Harvest Panel - David Bower/SCC

o  Harvest Panel details & services offered with the QAP program. 


 Ask the Winemaker - Mark Friszolowski/ Childress Vineyards, Nadia Hetzel/ Cypress Bend Vineyards, David Bower/ Surry Cellars

o  Q&A with a panel of experienced winemakers


Subject To Change


Compliance Workshop

This workshop will be held at Weathervane Winery

1452 Welcome-Arcadia Road, Lexington, NC 27295 

Tuesday May 21st, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Pre-Registration Required – click the following link -

$25 per person (Includes Lunch)



10:00 AM - Renee Metz/ NC ABC – Issues & Questions

11:00 AM - Special Agent Kenneth Brandsema/ ALE (Alcohol Law Enforcement)– Issues & Questions

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - NC Department of Revenue - Learn How to Report the Annual Report by Wineries to Retail Establishments by All Wineries who hold a Wholesale Permit, Due July 1st.

1:45 PM - TTB Form 5120.17(702) - Report of Wine Premises Operations – 

Mark Friszolowski/ Childress Vineyards.

 2:30 PM – NCDOR - B-C- 784 Form – Wine Wholesaler & Importer & Resident Winery Excise Tax Return- 

Patricia McRitchie/ McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks

3:15 PM - Questions


Vineyard Workshop - Pesticide Credits Available

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Surry Community College, SBVE ,Building 630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC



10:00 AM - Introduction - NCWA Board Past President Mark Friszolowski

10:05-11:00 AM - Wayne Mitchem/NCSU- Herbicide options for grapes as well as rate and age to use. The timing of herbicides to develop a comprehensive vineyard weed management plan.

11:00-12:00 PM - Dr. Mark Hoffman & Dr. Sara Villani/NCSU- Important Foliar and Trunk Diseases; Identification and Management

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 PM - Dr. Hannah Burrack/NCSU- Risk factors for Pierce's Disease in NC grapes, vector biology and identification, and management strategies.

2:00-3:00 PM - Dr. Sara Villani/ NCSU - Sprayers - Techniques and Calibration

3:00 PM - Questions