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Advance Registration by July 30

Tuesday, August 7, 2018    

7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact:  Cynthia Wood

Email: cynthiaw@csufresno.edu


Grape Day registration and a breakfast sponsored by the American Vineyard magazine will begin at 7:00 am on the shaded lawn area.

The program will begin at 7:30 am with a welcome, special announcements, and introductions. 

Morning presentations will be held indoors.  For tours and activities, we recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen.  Water stations will be available.  If special accommodations are required, please indicate on the registration form.

Grape Day Sponsors Include

American Vineyard Magazine

Contact Cynthia Wood for sponsorship opportunities.



Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology

2360 E. Barstow Ave. between Cedar & Maple Ave., Fresno, CA 93740-8003



For easy access, exit Hwy 168 at Shaw Avenue.  Travel west on Shaw Avenue to Chestnut and turn north.  At the Chestnut-Barstow roundabout, exit west  onto Barstow Avenue.  The viticulture & enology facilities are on the north side of Barstow, surrounded by the Fresno State Vineyards.

Parking:  Grape Day participants may park in any yellow or green parking lot on the Fresno State campus with a coutresy parking code.   This courtesy code and instructions will be provided to all registrants prior to the event via email.   Without a courtesy code, parking on the Fresno State campus is $3 per vehicle.  We recommend parking in Lot P20, just west of the Department of Viticulture & Enology on Barstow.


2012 Grape Day classroom



  • An informal workshop and field day at Fresno State for grape growers, managers, winemakers, and winery personnel
  • This affordable half-day event is held every other year on the Fresno State campus
  • The program includes updates and practical presentations on current grape and wine topics
  • This year's attendees will get to meet and learn more about our newest faculty, staff, and team
  • Attend Grape Day to learn more about the ways our program serves the grape and wine industry and continues to prepare students for leadership roles

   Advance Registration by July 30 is only $20 


Presentations & Topics

7:00 am  Registration & Check-in Begin.  American Vineyard magazine sponsored breakfast on the shaded lawn, west of the Department of Viticulture and Enology's Vincent E. Petrucci Viticulture Building.

7:25 am  Welcome, Special Viticulture & Enology Announcements, Meet New Faculty & Staff

2018 Naming Petrucci Building Signage

Session One: Enology Building #102 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am

8:00-8:35 am  The Efficient Vineyard Project:  Practical Use of Spatial Data for Vineyard Crop Load Management - Dr. Terry Bates, Cornell University   

8:35-9:00 am  Current & Future Machinery for High Wire / Box Pruned Trellis Systems - Craig Edwards, Acampo Machine Works

9:00-0:25 am  Mealybug Pest Control Project Update- Dr. Kent Daane, UC Kearney Ag Research Center

9:25-9:35 am  Break 

9:35-10:00 am  Soil Classification & Soil Nutrient Mapping for Table & Wine Grape Production - Erik DeVries, Agri Technovation

10:00-10:25  Bodily Responses Evoked by Wine Flavor - Understanding Wine Quality - Dr. Miguel Pedroza, Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology  * Live Demonstration option in Session Two

10:25-10:50 am Enology Research - What's New at Fresno State - Dr. Kristy Sun, Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology

10:50-11:30 am Winemaker Panel:  Good Wine from Large Yields -  Including Tom Montgomery, Fresno State Winery; Steven DeCosta, O'Neill Vintners; Tim Holt, E & J Gallo Winery; and Karl Lehman, Allied Grape Growers 

Session Two: Concurrent Sessions (Choose one from 11:40 am - 12:10 pm)

  • Live Demonstration: Thresholds for Wine Aroma Quality,  Dr. Miguel Pedroza - Enology 102
  • Guided Tour of Laboratories, Advanced Research Equipment, and Library Resources for Growers & Winemakers, Julie Pedraza, Dr. Kristy Sun, Cherisse Villareal - Viticulture & Enology Research Center

Session Three:  Fresno State Winery  12:10 - 1:00 pm 

  • Optional tours of the Fresno State Winery 

2018 Grape Day will also feature:

  • Video Presentation:  Vineyard Mechanization Equipment - International & Domestic Leafing & Suckering Machines
  • Raisin & Table Grape Variety Display - Dr. Sonet Van Zyl, Fresno State Viticulture & Enology
  • Poster Presentation: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Oviposition Effects on Foliar Grapevine and Red-Tipped Photinia Terpenoid Levels - Julie Pedraza, Fresno State Plant Science Department
  • Poster Presentation: Improving Vine Mealybug Winter and Spring Controls - Drs. Kent Daane & Sonet Van Zyl
  • Educational wine samples  (21 and older) and optional Fresno State Winery tour - Kevin Smith, Javier Garcia
  • Optional visit to the Jordan Ag Research Center with Dr. Miguel Pedroza for a demonstration on Bodily Responses Evoked by Wine Aroma

  * Must be 21 years of age or older to participate in wine tasting.  Please be prepared to show your ID at check-in. 

You won't want to miss this affordable event!  Student discounts are available.  

Online registration will close on July 30.  Walk-in registration on August 7 is $25 per person.