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Growing cold climate grapes: Vineyard management

The Minnesota grape and wine industry contributes to over $80M in economic activity, and Minnesota grape growers have expressed a need for more introductory and continuing education on the best sustainable viticultural practices.

University of Minnesota Extension and the Department of Horticultural Science have developed a free, web-based curriculum to provide quality educational materials on growing cold-hardy grapes in Minnesota. Our goal is to provide a broad understanding of viticultural principles as well as practical application of that knowledge.

This curriculum is perfect for training new staff or reviewing the basics.

Modules include: 

  1. The Life of a Grapevine
  2. Starting a New Vineyard
  3. Managing Young Vines
  4. In-season Canopy Management
  5. Vine Nutrition, Nutrient Testing, and Fertilization
  6. Weed Management
  7. Insect Identification and Management
  8. Disease Identification and Management
  9. Wildlife Management
  10. Veraison and Harvest Decisions
  11. Pruning Grapevines in Cold Climates


This is a free, web-based, self-paced curriculum.


Course contacts

Madeline Kay Wimmer, Extension Educator, Food Systems - Fruit Production
Soon Li Teh, Assistant Professor, Grape Breeding & Enology


The grape breeding and enology team in the University's Department of Horticultural Science. 

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) has provided funding and support for this curriculum.

Original course developed by Matthew Clark and Annie Klodd.

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