We surveyed Pennsylvania winemakers and winery owners to determine their skill levels, the varieties and styles of wines they produce, their wine-making production challenges, and best practices for addressing educational needs through Extension programs. Growing and sourcing high-quality fruit were identified as key challenges. Although most participants obtained production information from other industry members and preferred face-to-face workshops to further their education, response to a Penn State Extension Enology blog site, developed to address industry challenges and extend our educational reach, has been extremely positive.
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Gardner, D. M., Kelley, K. M., & Miller, A. (2018). Assessing the Educational Needs of the Pennsylvania Wine Industry. The Journal of Extension, 56(2), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.02.05