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2018 Wine Grape Soil Seminar, with Neal Kinsey
Napa, California

Considering fertility needs for vineyard soils based on the Albrecht System of soil nutrient measurements for determining fertility needs and management.

Monday, February 12 - Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Monday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Understanding Soil Tests for Wine Grapes

  • How this program was developed.
  • Proper ways to sample vineyard soils.
  • Evaluating the needs for calcium in wine grape soils.
  • Evaluating liming Materials.
  • Magnesium effects on both soil and plant nutrition.

  • 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Welcome Networking Reception


    Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


    Building Vineyard Fertility: The Major Nutrients

  • Nitrogen & Sulfur
  • Compost
  • P & K Needs
  • Sodium
  • Evaluating Excesses


    Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


    Vineyard Soils, Grapes & Micronutrient Needs

  • Boron, Iron, Manganese, Copper, and zinc — Excessive to Deficient.
  • Preparing new vineyard soils.
  • Examining specific vineyard soil tests and what they show (if time permits)

  • Note: This is an overview presentation teaching soil fertility balancing principles with examples drawn from Neal Kinsey's wine grape work around the world. It is not the presenter's advanced seminar based on math-based calculations.




    Optional Vineyard Tour

    Open to seminar registrants only, for an additional $189; register early — space is limited!


    Thursday, Feb. 15

    Visit four Napa County vineyards utilizing soil fertility balancing and hear commentary on implementation and results of the system from Neal Kinsey and the vineyard manager. Also includes, catered box lunch.


    8 a.m. — Bus departs from Embassy Suites

    5 p.m. — Bus returns to Embassy Suites


    Vineyards include:

  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards
  • Beckstoffer Vineyards
  • Chateau Montelena
  • And more! (to be determined)

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