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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.



Exclusive Vineyard Tour


Thursday, Feb. 15

On February 15th, see all the lessons from the 3-day seminar put into action! 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. Not only will there be plenty to see and more to learn, you'll probably get to try some great wines too! Also includes, catered box lunch.


8:30 a.m.

Bus departs from Embassy Suites Napa

9:00 a.m.

ZD Wines tour of the Carneros Estate vineyards with CEO Robert deLeuze and Vineyard Assistant Rafael Llamas Jr.

10:30 a.m

Robert Sinskey Vineyards tour with viticulturalist Kari Flores

12:30 p.m.

Lunch stop and wine sharing at Beckstoffer Vineyards

1:30 p.m.

Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard tour with Dave Michul

3:15 p.m.

Chateau Montelena vineyard tour

5 p.m.

Bus returns to Embassy Suites Napa


Thank you to the wonderful vineyard that we visited!


This seminar is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Board approved continuing education event, where you can earn 16 CEUs in Nutrient Management and 16 CEUs in Soil & Water Management. Application forms will be available onsite or you can also use the mobile app.