Although the term viticulture is not often heard, it simply refers to the growing and culture of grapes. Southwest Michigan is home to vineyards and wineries of all sizes. Our region is considered one of the up-and-coming areas in wine production and local wine grape production is currently not keeping pace with the demand in the wine industry. Juice grape production is an established, large local industry. In a 2005 study, the Michigan Wine and Grape Industry Council and Welch’s found the economic impact of wine, grape, and grape juice in Michigan to be $789.3 million.
Viticulturists perform a wide range of duties to grow high quality grapes. Daily duties change with not only weather, but with the seasons and variety of grapes grown. Irrigation, pruning, planting, scouting for insect and pest diseases, controlling weeds, maintaining equipment, and harvesting are all important tasks that grape growers perform. Along with keeping up with these responsibilities, grape growers may also have supervisory assignments and must manage the work of other employees. read more
Teaching the Science, the Art, and the Business of WineThis science-based, hands-on program is the first of its kind in the Midwest. Students learn all aspects of the wine business and gain the skills needed for successful careers in the wine industry. read more
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