How To Navigate The Grape Production Landscape


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How to Navigate the Grape Production Landscape

Are you considering growing table or wine grapes in San Diego? Well, San Diego has the perfect climate for it. UCCE San Diego’s Viticulture program is headed by Area Viticulture and Pest Management Advisor Carmen Gispert PhD. Carmen supports local growers in developing innovative ways to increase grape production and evaluate methods to protect vineyards of pest and pathogens.

People are often surprised to hear that San Diego was the first area where vineyards were planted and wine produced. San Diego County’s legacy of viticulture and viniculture reaches back into the 18thand 19thcenturies on San Diego Mission lands where favorable climate and soil conditions allowed vines to flourish. Today there are roughly 120 wineries not including Temecula which is in Riverside County! There are more than 60 cultivars of grapes that can be grown locally with each region having its own distinct microclimate.

Earlier this year UCCE created the Viticulture website as a resource for new and experienced growers to meet the economical and logistical challenges of establishing a vineyard. On this website you’ll find a great overview that provides information on soil, varieties, nutrition, pests and diseases.

Other topics include:

  • Irrigation and Drought
  • Salinity Management
  • Frost Management
  • Labor
  • Weather and more

Every year we offer in person workshops, trainings, and attend 3rdparty events as guests, speakers, and hosts so please visit the link below if you’re interested in attending one of our future events as well.

The future of Viticulture and Viniculture in San Diego is bright. To learn more about Establishing a Vineyard visit:

Temecula view

Vineyard row

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