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Consulting Viticulturist Project

March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Through the generosity and leadership of Mr. Warren Winiarski, who recommended planting vinifera grapes in the Grand Valley when he was the winemaker for Ivancie Cellars in Denver during the late 1960s, and a grant from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) through the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the CWIDB will be sponsoring several visits by Dr. Imed Dami, Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist for The Ohio State University at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH.

Dr. Dami got his MS and PhD in Horticulture at Colorado State University and worked as a research associate during that process at the Orchard Mesa Research Station in Grand Junction.  So not only is he familiar with Colorado viticulture, but he has 25 years experience working with cold-tolerant grape varieties and with vinifera.

  • On Wednesday, March 29 at 9:00 AM, Dr. Dami will present a half-day workshop at the Western Colorado Community College campus, 2508 Blichman Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81505 on “Mitigating Cold Damage of Grapevines.”  This is a free seminar for Colorado grape-growers, WCCC students and anyone interested in growing wine grapes.  Lunch will be available in Chez Lena, WCCC’s culinary program restaurant, after the presentation.  Attendance is free but space is limited, so please click here to register for the seminar.
  • On March 30-31, Dr. Dami will be available for individual consultations with grape growers in 2-3 hour blocks.  For this first trip, he will focus on the Grand Valley AVA on March 30 and morning of April 1, and on the West Elks AVA on March 31.  The cost for a 2-3 hour consultation in your vineyard with Dr. Dami is $100, payable directly to Dr. Dami when he visits your vineyard.  The SCBG and the CWIDB are covering the cost of Dr. Dami’s travel expenses, lodging and per diem.  We ask each vineyard to pay a small portion of his consultation fee as well.  Viticultural consultation can run as much as $150-200 per hour.  So $100 for three hours is a great bargain.

The inspiration behind this project was Warren Winiarski’s visit to Colorado vineyards last summer.  Although this program is intended to complement the research and the education that Dr. Horst Caspari makes available to grape growers, Warren felt that there are many unanswered questions in Colorado’s vineyards and might get answered if growers had a consultant walking the rows with them.  As he said last summer, once Napa Valley proved it could make world-class wine, as it did when Warren’s Stag’s Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon won the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the region had to turn its sights back to the vineyards and focus on improving the quality of the grapes.  He recommends that Colorado do that as well.  Hence, Dr. Dami’s visits.

If you are in the Grand Valley and West Elks AVAs or surrounding area, and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dami, please email him directly at dami.1@osu.edu to arrange a time slot.  All discussion between you and Dr. Dami will remain confidential and he will not release any details about your vineyard without your permission.

Dr. Dami will return in April 25-29 to do a seminar in either Broomfield or Fort Collins as well as to make vineyard visits in the Front Range and Montezuma and La Plata Counties.  Dates and details of that visit will be finalized shortly.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Doug, 303.869.9177,  and please register for the March 29 seminar.


March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am
March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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