Workshop will help start wine, grape-growing businesses

September 28, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Meigs Farm will be the site of a workshop Oct. 13 on setting up a small-scale business in the commercial wine and grape-growing industry.

The 2010 Purdue Wine Grape Action Team Fall Workshop is designed for those getting started in a business or in the first steps of planning one. Participants will tour the Purdue vineyard and see demonstrations of small-scale commercial winemaking equipment and learn the basics of juice and wine quality control at the team’s pilot winery in the Nelson Hall of Food Science.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early at the Meigs Farm, 9101 S. 100 E. in Lafayette, for registration, pastries and coffee. A shuttle bus will provide round-trip transportation from the farm to the West Lafayette campus.

Lunch will be provided, and participants are asked to bring a bottle of wine to share. Dress is casual.

Advance registration of $45 is required. To register, contact Jill Blume, enology specialist, at 765-494-1749 or by e-mail at

The full program is available at 

The Wine Grape Action Team is a cooperation between Purdue University‘s Department of Food Science and the Indiana Wine Grape Council to serve the state’s vintners and growers. 

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Jill Blume, 765-494-1749,

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