From Healthy Vines to Delicious Wines
An Organic Workshop
a.m. - 2 p.m. (noon -
1 p.m. lunch at Topolos Restaurant)
at Russian River Vineyards
lunch and organic wine tasting, sustainable agriculture
manual, sample field sprays
at Russian River Vineyards; organic viticulturist,
"Environmental Business of the Year - 1999"
Willis of Agri-Synthesis;
author: "How to Grow Better Wine Grapes than You
Ever Thought Possible with Less Work than You Imagine.
vineyard managers, winemakers and anyone desiring to get started today
planting or converting their vineyards to sustainable organic viticulture.
to Sign Up:
can sign up at the winery or call 707-887-3399.
class has three components:
Preparing the Vineyard - You'll learn how to prepare
your soil using homeopathic remedies developed by Greg Willis which
will restore health to your soil and bring life to your vines. Participants
will take home samples of the field sprays.
Composting - Using the formula that Greg and Michael
have developed will eliminate the need for fertilizers in your vineyard
and provide balanced vigor for your vines. Learn the composition
and the application of these blends.
Cover Crop and Companion Plant Program - Proper
cover cropping saves water, attracts the appropriate insects and
predators and enhances the flavor of the grapes. Combined with appropriate
barrier plantings vineyards actually protect themselves against
sharpshooters and other harmful insects.
also will learn about how to create a favorable environment for
the four B's - Birds, Bees, Bats and Butterflies - and how they
contribute to the overall bio-complexity of the perfect vineyard.
and Michael also will present case studies and provide one-on-one
analyses of participants' vineyards.
quiet revolution from the ground up is growing in the wine country
of northern California and growers, consumers and the community
are all winning.
the forefront of this organic movement are Michael Topolos and Greg
Willis, who hosts of the workshop.
the past 10 years many growers and wineries have quietly began exchanging
their harmful chemicals for earth-friendly means of cultivating
their land and growing their vines," stated Topolos.
are conducting this workshop to de-mystify the process so growers
can begin converting their vineyards immediately. They'll learn
how they can preserve and strengthen their soils for the future
as well as save money on costly chemicals. The results are exceptional
workshop, which will feature sections on "Preparing the Vineyard,"
"Composting," and "Cover Crop and Companion Planting."
Included will be lunch and organic wine tasting at the Topolos at
Russian River Restaurant.
Willis, chairman of Agri-Synthesis, will provide participants with
free samples of his natural field sprays and provide a practical
manual on preparing the vineyard, composting and cover cropping.
Included will be instructions on how create a favorable environment
for the birds and the bees and the bats and the butterflies. Everyone
attending will receive a free copy of his new book, "How to
Grow Better Wine Grapes than You Ever Thought Possible with Less
Work than you Imagine."