Master Class: Viticulture for Sparkling Wine Quality

 Sparkling wine production in Ontario is on the rise with many more VQA table wine producers entering into this market.  At a time when consumer interest is also growing, take this opportunity to explore factors in the vineyard. Join Fiona Kerslake and Jim Willwerth for a viticulture master class with subjects including (but not limited to) crop load, leaf removal, pruning and training systems with an emphasis on sparkling wine quality.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015    9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brock University, Academic South Room 216
Cost is $25 plus HST (cost includes parking and coffee break)
Web registration is required.  Register Now

9:00 a.m.        Refreshments and sign in
9:30 a.m.        Fiona Kerslake, PhD, Research Fellow, University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Institute for  
                        Agricultural Research, Australia 
                        Topic: Viticultural effects on sparkling wine quality in cool climates
12:00 p.m.      Jim Willwerth, PhD, Senior Scientist in Viticulture, CCOV, Brock University
                        Topic: Soils, clones and rootstocks for sparkling wine: Ontario research trials
12:30 p.m.      Session concludes

Speaker bio:
Fiona Kerslake is a viticultural Research Fellow in the Perennial Horticulture Centre at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in southern Australia.

Her PhD investigated the effects of vineyard cultural practices on Pinot Noir fruit and wine composition.  She has worked on a large research project examining the effect of vineyard cultural practices on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for sparkling wine production.

Fiona is currently working on a project investigating the effect of climatic events on fruitfulness in sparkling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.