Grayson College Outreach Profiles Series Seminars Starts for Fall 2010 with Winemaking of Argentina

Grayson College Outreach Seminar Profiles Series Starts for Fall 2010 with Winemaking of Argentina

The first seminar in the Grayson College Enology Outreach Seminar Profiles Series for the fall will be Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Grapevine Convention Center and will focus on the winemaking of Argentina. It will look at how a winery that had been historically short of native grapes strategically positions itself for the future and as a result makes wine the year around in two hemispheres.

About the seminar speaker: Mark Johnson, Winemaker Chateau Chantal

After obtaining an engineering degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University at Geisenheim, Mark moved to the Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan’s NW corner and became a vineyard manager. Mark joined Chateau Grand Traverse in 1983, serving as Winemaker there for the next ten years. He was a co-founder of Chateau Chantal, joining the winery in 1993 and has served as vineyard manager and currently as Winemaker/VP. Following the Mendoza Argentina vineyard acquisition in 2004, Mark gained responsibility for operations in Michigan and Argentina.

Winemaking of  Argentina seminar topics include:

Viticulture and wine making in Argentina

International Opportunities/Synergies

Reasons and methods for investing in Argentina

Costs of production in Argentina

Exporting out of Argentina

Opportunities for importing large and small amounts of wine from Argentina

Sensory tasting of Malbec

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This and other Outreach Seminars Planned for Fall 2010:

September 20, 2010

Argentina: Creating Synergies With US Partners, Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, TX, Mark Johnson, Winemaker Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, Michigan/Mendoza Argentina. Fee $100

October 25, 2010

Oak Aging, Fining, and Finishing Alternatives, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX, Dr. James Swan, International Wine/Sprits Oak Consultant. Scotland. Fee $100

November 22, 2010

Tempranillo Symposium, The Vineyard at Florence, Florence TX, Simon Arina Robles, Bodega Baigorri, Rioja, Spain, Jim Johnson, Owner/Winemaker Alamosa Winery, Dan Gatlin, Owner/Winemaker Inwood Estates Winery. Fee $100

December 6, 2010

Small Winery Advanced Wine Production Techniques, Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, TX, Ken Fugelsang, Wine Master, Fresno State University Winery. Fee $100

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Enology Outreach Seminar Online Registration – Now Available:

For additional information contact Bob White

For seminar information updates, visit:

Enrollment for all seminars is limited. Registration at the door is not guaranteed. To register contact the Center for Workplace Learning at 903-463-8765 or 903-463-8731 or fax your registration to 903-463-8644 or email Jennifer Morse at

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For highlights from my trip to the Grayson College Enology Outreach Wine Quality Boot Camp, see:

Texas Wine Quality: Something that Will Get Even Better the More We All Talk About It

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  1. Ah, yes, Chateau Chantal. It has the most beautiful views of any winery I’ve ever been to, including those in Napa.

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