Montana Grape and Winery Association 2017 Conference, Polson, Mt.

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The March 30-April 1,   2017 Annual Conference will be at the  KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson, Mt

You are invited to this year's, 2017, Conference.  Downloads, on the left of this page will give you an Informative Invitation, A Detailed Schedule, and An Application form.  If you have questions, call-406-871-5499.

This year, we have a Saturday Morning Session with two tracks. Registrants will choose one track. The first option will include hands on pruning at a vineyard. The Second Option is a beginners’ class for basic grape growing and wine-making for beginners.
— The Planning Committee
Getting Together....  

Getting Together....


Grape and Wine conversation can be satisfying.  Learning and talking, "Montana Potential"........

Grape and Wine conversation can be satisfying.  Learning and talking, "Montana Potential"........



  • Thursday, March 30

    • 3:00 pm   Registration
    • 4:00 pm Board Meeting
    • 6:00 pm Welcome Reception, wine tasting, People's Choice Red and White Awards, Best Label Award
  • Friday, March 31

    Breakfast on your own.   
  •  8:30 am , coffee, tea, limited pastries
    • 8:30-9:00 am welcome Dr. Pat McGlynn
    • 9:00- Harlene Hatterman-Valenti: Diseases in Viticulture
    • 10:00am break
    • 10:15 am  Larry Robertson:  Basic Water Management & Regulated Deficit Irrigation for Mt. Vineyards
    • 11:00am Kate Fuller:  Vineyard Economics:  Farm Management Decision Making in Long Lived Perennial Crops


    • 11:45 am LUNCH, provided, and annual meeting of Our Association.
    • 1:00 pm Tom Plocher, Developing New Grape Varieties for the Changing Northern Climate.
    • 2:00 pm Zach Miller, USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants- Establishing Quality
    • 2:45 Caressa Bailey Sacks:  Judging Wine with WSET
    • 3:45 pm Set up for Wine Tasting
    • 4-5:00pm C. Bailey Sacks Wine Tasting Critique using WSET. Awards for best Overall Wine and Best Label
    • 5:00-6:45 pm  Set Up for Banquet Dinner
    • 7:00-9pm  Prime Rib Banquet
  • Saturday, April 1

    • 9:00 am TWO TRACKS
    • 9:00- 12:00  am Larry Robertson and Tom Plocher:  Pruning and Water Workshop
    • 9:00- 12:00 am  Rod Allen and Al Putnam:  First Timer Intro to Wine Making and Viticulture for Beginners
    • 12:00 Lunch on your own
    • 1:00- 4:00 pm Local Polson Wineries


Part of our Mission is social connection. Come join us during this early spring meeting. Make friends, connect with those who share your keen interests. Have fun.
— Daniel Getman, President

This Year's Spring Conference, Polson, Mt 

 Experts We Enjoy

Dr. Harlene Hatterman Valente/ Northern Grape Specialist, North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.
Challenges & Varieties in new Northern Varieties.
North Dakota Variety Development Project.
— Give those Grapes Some Culture!

Dr. Carl Rosen, Soil Scientist, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Talk:  "To Feed or Not to Feed?"

Andy Sponseller/ award winning Ten Spoon Winery Owner.  Talk:  "Overcoming Mt. Growing Challenges".

Dr. Bill Gartner, Dept. of Applied Economics, U of M, St. Paul, MN. Talk:  "Can We Make a Buck?"

Ken Schultz, commercial award winning winemaker, Hidden Legend Winery , Victor, Mt. Talk: "Crafting Quality Wine: Advanced Winemaking"

Bob Thaden/ award winning vintner, owner, grower.  Tongue River Winery, Miles City, Mt. talk: " Troubleshoot this Wine!"

Dr. Greg Cook/ Chemistry Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.  Talk:  "Troubleshoot this Wine! Advanced Winemaking"

Dr. Pat McGlynn, Montana State University Cooperative Extension, Kalispell, Mt.  Talk:  "What's the Latest?"

Dr. Al Putnam, retired Horticultural Professor, Michigan State U, award winning winemaker & viticulturist, Corvallis, Mt.

Dr. Zach Miller, MSU Research Center, Corvallis, Mt. Talk: "Mt. Grape Research".





Dr. Zach Miller, Superintendent -Research, MSU AG, Research Center, Corvallis, Mt.  will Talk

Dr. Zach Miller, Superintendent -Research, MSU AG, Research Center, Corvallis, Mt.  will Talk

See You In Missoula!  Join Us..............

See You In Missoula!  Join Us..............