2014 Northern Illinois Summer Viticulture Field Day

2014 Northern Illinois Summer Viticulture Field Day - Saturday, July 26th - hosted by the Northern Illinois Wine Growers


Date: Saturday, July 26th (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.)


Location: Galena Cellars Vineyard , 4746 N. Ford Road, Galena, IL 61036


Cost: $20 per participant; in addition to lunch, coffee, water, and soft drinks will be provided in the morning.


RSVP: Please RSVP by US mail to Sam Farler, IGGVA Northern Region Chair, 705 Jefferson Avenue, St Charles, IL 60174, enclosing a check made payable to Sam Farler.



10:00 - Introductions

10:10 - Keynote Address: Update on the University of Minnesota Breeding Program for Cold-Hardy Cultivars, John Thull, Manager of the UMN Research Vineyard

11:00 - Report on St Charles Research Center Vineyard and IGGVA's Funding Commitment, Denise Cimmarrusti, IGGVA Viticulture Specialist

11:20 - Report on Northern Illinois Wine Growers (NIWG) Vineyard, Ed Strenski, NIWG Vineyard Manager

11:40 - Question and answer session with presenters

12:30 - Lunch

1:15 - Tour of NIWG research vineyard

2:00 - Break

2:15 - Presentation: The newer cold-hardy cultivars Marquette, La Crescent, Frontenac blanc, and Petite Pearl: cold hardiness, disease resistance, overall potential and risks, John Thull

3:00 - Sensory Analysis: Part 1- Tasting of wines made from cold-hardy cultivars, Part 2- Sensory training on common aromas for red and white wines, including common faults, Brad Beam, Illinois State Enologist and Chris Lawlor, Winemaker at Galena Cellars

5:00 - Conclusion

Contact name: Sam Farler
Admission price: $20

Location: 4746 N Ford Road, Galena, IL 61036