New UW outreach specialist will support state’s wine and cider industries
Ryan Prellwitz has a piece of advice for amateur winemakers who decide to scale up and make it a business.
“Forget everything you learned as a home winemaker," says Prellwitz, president of the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, who dabbled in winemaking before founding Vines and Rushes Winery in Ripon in 2012. “It’s a tough transition to make, and you need to find someone with the right expertise who can help you take that next step,”
While Prellwitz chose to hire a private winemaking consultant, many new winery owners make the decision to try to go it alone. Soon, however, they’ll have another option: They’ll be able to call on a University of Wisconsin-Madison outreach specialist whose job is to support the state’s wine and hard apple cider industry. The position was recently funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
“This person will work closely with the wine and cider producers in the state to improve the quality of their products,” says UW-Madison food science professor Jim Steele, who leads the university’s new Farm to Glass ...
Saturday, October 11th, 2014