For example, did you know that there are at least 13 different varieties of grapes that are native to Texas? Or that there are over 470 Texas wineries making Texas 5th in the nation in wine production? Or that the first commercial winery dates back to 4000 BC?
Dr. Justin Schiener, viticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station, is well versed in the arts of growing grapes and making wine. He talked about things the average at home gardener who is interested in growing grapes at home and maybe dabbling in a little wine, juice or jelly making can do to to make growing grapes a pleasure rather than a whole lot of work.. He talked about how choosing a variety was the most important thing for the home gardener He then gave the attendees a list of varieties that would do well in the area and even brought some grape vines to give out after the talk.
Everyone at the lecture was impressed and is still talking about it today.
Join us next month, August 21, for our next Brown Bag Lecture.