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On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Dr. Andrew Landers, who wrote the book on vineyard spraying. He brings m...
02/20/2024

On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Dr. Andrew Landers, who wrote the book on vineyard spraying. He brings more than 30 years of research and development on vineyard and orchard spraying technologies and techniques to share with us.

Listen in to learn all about effectively spraying your vineyard and helping your grapes thrive.

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Check out the latest episode of the Inside Winemaking podcast to hear my conversation with Jim Duane about growing grape...
02/13/2024

Check out the latest episode of the Inside Winemaking podcast to hear my conversation with Jim Duane about growing grapes in challenging climates, sharing vineyard innovations across regions, and how my mission to help more grape growers lead me to create Virtual Viticulture Academy -www.virtualviticultureacademy.com.

On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Dr. Akif Eskalen from the UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology on prun...
02/06/2024

On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Dr. Akif Eskalen from the UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology on pruning wound protection and the new products available for protecting pruning wounds. Dr. Akif specializes in the identification, biology, epidemiology, and control of fungal pathogens on vines, small fruits, berries, and palm fruits in California. He is also an expert in biological and biological products that can help your vineyard thrive. Listen in to learn how to protect your vines and help them thrive.

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I recently had the opportunity to join Shelly Wilfong as a guest on her This Is Texas Wine: The Podcast.  Listen whereve...
02/01/2024

I recently had the opportunity to join Shelly Wilfong as a guest on her This Is Texas Wine: The Podcast. Listen wherever you find podcasts to our conversation about educating and helping grape growers in Texas and beyond.

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01/30/2024

Join me Monday, February 5th at 6:00 PM CST for my FREE virtual learning event on Vine Pruning Strategies That Most Growers Are Missing and learn what you need to know to avoid common pruning mistakes, including:

🍇 Young vine training do’s and don’ts.
🍇 Renewing and redoing past pruning decisions.
🍇 Avoid cuts that “slowly” kill your vines.
🍇 5 pruning rules every worker must master.
🍇 And more!

Register today - www.virtualviticultureacademy.com/prunebetter

I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the Helena Agri-Enterprises FieldLink Podcast with Helena West Coast AGR...
01/26/2024

I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the Helena Agri-Enterprises FieldLink Podcast with Helena West Coast AGRIntelligence Agronomy Organics Manager and my good friend, Paul Crout. Listen wherever you find podcasts to our conversation about the similarities and difference in wine grape production across the United States and what different regions can learn from each either.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/u-s-wine-grape-production-with-fritz-westover/id1612698327?i=1000642898115

01/25/2024

Come learn to be a better grapevine pruner! I am hosting a FREE live virtual learning event on February 5th at 6:00 PM CST called Vine Pruning Strategies That Most Growers Are Missing. Join me and learn about:

🍇 Young vine training do’s and don’ts.
🍇 Renewing and redoing past pruning decisions.
🍇 Avoid cuts that “slowly” kill your vines.
🍇 5 pruning rules every worker must master.
🍇 And more!

Register today at www.virtualviticultureacademy.com/prunebetter.

If you can't attend live, go ahead and register - everyone who registers will have access to the event recording.

Teams collided last week when my amazing team Viticulturist, Rachael White-Caton joined me for some site visits in the T...
01/23/2024

Teams collided last week when my amazing team Viticulturist, Rachael White-Caton joined me for some site visits in the TX Hill Country. We visited over a dozen vineyard sites and helped train more than 50 vineyard owners/workers how to properly prune their vines and develop their seasonal pruning plans. You can see the stark contrast in temperatures between the two photos (28 to 70F)! Thanks for all you do 🥂🙌

On today’s episode, we are talking about unique or alternative pruning scenarios and methods with guests John Thull and ...
01/23/2024

On today’s episode, we are talking about unique or alternative pruning scenarios and methods with guests John Thull and Marco Tessari. We discuss viticulture for cold climates, unique pruning techniques from around the globe, and more. Listen in as we talk about these non-traditional vineyard pruning techniques.

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The Virtual Viticulture Academy spur pruning field course at Becker Vineyards covered all of the best pruning practices ...
01/21/2024

The Virtual Viticulture Academy spur pruning field course at Becker Vineyards covered all of the best pruning practices from the ground up. We captured it all in video and it will be ready to release next week for all of you members! 🥂

We covered some critical aspects of preserving older wood and making proper removal cuts for unwanted buds or spur positions. I want growers to get off to a good start for 2024! Thanks to those that came out in person!

Pruning as always with Bahco ERGO™ Bypass Secateurs with Elastomer Coated Fixed Handle (size medium).

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Pruning season is here or almost here for many growers!  And, I want you and YOUR CREW to be ready for your best pruning...
01/11/2024

Pruning season is here or almost here for many growers! And, I want you and YOUR CREW to be ready for your best pruning season yet. So, join me on Monday Feb 5th at 6 PM CST for my FREE live virtual learning event on Vine Pruning Strategies That Most Growers Are Missing where I will talk about:

🍇 Young vine training do’s and don’ts.
🍇 Renewing and redoing past pruning decisions.
🍇 Avoid cuts that “slowly” kill your vines.
🍇 5 pruning rules every worker must master.
🍇 And more!

Register today - https://www.virtualviticultureacademy.com/product/vine-pruning-strategies/

Join Fritz for an FREE live virtual learning event on the pruning strategies you are missing in your vineyard, including:

On today’s episode, we welcome Joe Juniper of Vermillion Valley Vineyards, the second-largest vineyard in Ohio. In close...
01/09/2024

On today’s episode, we welcome Joe Juniper of Vermillion Valley Vineyards, the second-largest vineyard in Ohio. In close proximity to Lake Erie, Joe is with us to discuss what it is like to grow vinifera in an area with very harsh winters. Joe has become an expert in managing extreme temperatures and precipitation variances, including mastering innovative cold pruning practices. Listen in to learn about managing a vineyard in intense winter environments.

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On today’s episode, we are closing out the year with a grower Q&A! In this episode, Fritz is answering questions from gr...
12/26/2023

On today’s episode, we are closing out the year with a grower Q&A! In this episode, Fritz is answering questions from growers all across the country on topics ranging from pre-pruning to disease prevention for 2024 and all things in between.

Listen in, as you may have had some of these same questions in your vineyard, and stay tuned for more grower Q&A episodes in the future!

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If you are starting a vineyard or thinking about starting a vineyard, check out my newly released online Prospective Win...
12/15/2023

If you are starting a vineyard or thinking about starting a vineyard, check out my newly released online Prospective Winegrape Grower Course to learn everything you need to start and grow your vineyard successfully.
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With over 5 hours of guided video content including examples, illustrations, and photos, this course gives you what you need to make good decisions from the start and avoid costly mistakes.
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To celebrate the launch of the new course, it is available for only $200 through the end of December with the code NewGrower at checkout.

Is Grape Growing Right for You? Don’t start a vineyard without this course New and prospective wine-grape growers often do not have all of the information needed before deciding to start and grow a successful vineyard, and they find out the hard way that making poor decisions at the start can be c...

On today’s episode, I have a conversation with Beth Vukmanic from the Vineyard Team on the impact and importance of sust...
12/12/2023

On today’s episode, I have a conversation with Beth Vukmanic from the Vineyard Team on the impact and importance of sustainability certification programs for vineyards. Beth spent 12 years overseeing the Vineyard Team's Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certification program and now serves as the executive director of the Vineyard Team. The sustainability program has certified 47,000 vineyard acres, primarily in California but also in Oregon and Michigan as well as five wineries. Over 60 million bottles of wine have been produced in compliance with sustainability standards. Listen in to learn how SIP started, where it has evolved to today, and how it has been impacting vineyards on the West Coast and beyond.

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Back at Texas A&M today with my old Viticulture Extension colleagues to learn the latest research results. This team doe...
12/08/2023

Back at Texas A&M today with my old Viticulture Extension colleagues to learn the latest research results. This team does great work for growers here in TX. Keep it coming!

On today’s episode, we are back for part two of our series “Six Essential Factors for Starting and Growing a Successful ...
11/28/2023

On today’s episode, we are back for part two of our series “Six Essential Factors for Starting and Growing a Successful Vineyard.” Refer to episode 32 for part one of the series if you haven’t listened to it yet. Just make sure you listen to both episodes to hear all six factors new growers need to understand and consider before planting a vineyard. In this episode, we discuss vineyard management and labor, vineyard economics, and grape variety selection and marketing with Rob Warren and Katy Jane Seaton.

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On today’s episode, we're starting a two-part series on the six essential things you must understand and evaluate to sta...
11/14/2023

On today’s episode, we're starting a two-part series on the six essential things you must understand and evaluate to start and grow a successful vineyard. Starting and running a vineyard is expensive – $20,000 to $25,000 per acre – not including fencing, equipment, and irrigation. It’s important you do your research and learn all that you can about the site you picked out before you plant a single vine. In this episode, we discuss the first three things you must know with special guests Dan Limoges and David Higginbotham.

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On today’s episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Gill Giese from the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State Universi...
10/31/2023

On today’s episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Gill Giese from the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University on the latest findings in rootstock trials. We discuss what rootstock trails are and why they are important for your grape-growing operation. Listen in to hear about the fascinating results of the research!

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On today’s episode, join me as I go solo into a season-end review of the past year from a viticulturist's perspective. D...
10/17/2023

On today’s episode, join me as I go solo into a season-end review of the past year from a viticulturist's perspective. During this review, I discuss trends I’ve seen across North America, including the common things that worked and some that didn't.

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On today’s episode, we are literally going underground! We're having a conversation with my pal Bubba Beasley about the ...
10/03/2023

On today’s episode, we are literally going underground! We're having a conversation with my pal Bubba Beasley about the science of soil mapping and why soil mapping is important for vineyards, even if your vineyard is already established. Bubba is a geologist and founder of HydroGeo Environmental, and he is an expert in every sense of the word when it comes to soil mapping and vineyards.

Be prepared to learn about all things soil mapping so your vineyard can thrive.

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On today’s solo episode, we dive into the top four post harvest vineyard priorities. Now is the time when grape growers ...
09/19/2023

On today’s solo episode, we dive into the top four post harvest vineyard priorities. Now is the time when grape growers are preparing their vineyards for leaf drop. Learn about late-season fertilization, nutrient management, monitoring soil moisture, and more!

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On today’s episode, we learn about the importance of measuring yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN) levels, the consequences...
09/05/2023

On today’s episode, we learn about the importance of measuring yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN) levels, the consequences of imbalance, and how nitrogen can enhance your wine quality with professor and enologist Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield. Grape growers commonly focus on sugar, pH, and titratable acidity, but understanding YAN can take your wine to the next level.

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On today’s episode, we delve deep into the complexities of sour rot, a disease that impacts wine grape production around...
08/22/2023

On today’s episode, we delve deep into the complexities of sour rot, a disease that impacts wine grape production around the world. Expert grape pathologists Dr. Megan Hall and Dr. Mizho Nita share their extensive knowledge on this subject, offering valuable insights into the disease's identification, causes, and control strategies. Tune in and learn how to effectively manage your vineyard health.

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High Plains harvest photo shoot. Despite multiple weeks of triple digits (💯+) my growers are holding it together like ch...
08/18/2023

High Plains harvest photo shoot. Despite multiple weeks of triple digits (💯+) my growers are holding it together like champs. Have a look. You may even find me helping in the kitchen 👨‍🍳🍷

Home stretch for travel (for me) as harvest continues! The TX High Plains is full swing into veraison & harvest. It’s a ...
08/16/2023

Home stretch for travel (for me) as harvest continues! The TX High Plains is full swing into veraison & harvest. It’s a big crop year. Enjoy a few cluster shots! 🍇🚜

Another Vineyard Underground podcast recording is going down on the books today. Hint: this topic literally does go unde...
08/11/2023

Another Vineyard Underground podcast recording is going down on the books today. Hint: this topic literally does go underground! 🎤🍇

On today's episode of the Vineyard Underground podcast, we delve into the fascinating world of winemaking with renowned ...
08/08/2023

On today's episode of the Vineyard Underground podcast, we delve into the fascinating world of winemaking with renowned winemaking consultant and wine grape educator Denise Gardner. Discover the secrets of the vineyard, the influence of pre-harvest and harvest activities on wine quality, and how to elevate your winemaking game. Tune in and let Denise guide you from the vineyard to the wine cellar.

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Very proud of my client Texas Heritage Vineyard for the great work they have done in the vineyard this year. The news st...
08/01/2023

Very proud of my client Texas Heritage Vineyard for the great work they have done in the vineyard this year. The news story captures what it is like to harvest in the Texas Hill Country this year. In summary… HOT! 🌞🥂🍇

Right now is the critical time to pick grapes in wine growing regions across Texas. West Texas has the most, but Central Texas also produced close to 2,000 tons just three years ago. The Te…

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