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VIT 196 Vineyard Feasibility Study

The following resources are information sources recommended by your fellow students for finding the needed elements of the Vineyard Feasibility Study for VIT 196. Don’t forget that our professors and librarians can also be great resources!

VIT 196 Feasibility Study Resource Guide

The Vineyard Feasibility Study is considered a capstone project in the Viticulture major: it brings together the skills and knowledge of all the courses prior to VIT 196.  The Feasibility Study is a significant research project, and requires many resources to complete.  The below is a research guide created by VIT 196 students from multiple years of the course.  We will continue to add to the resource guide as new resources are recommended.

Not finding the information you're looking for?  Email Viticulture and Enology subject librarian Britt Foster at brfoster@csufresno.edu. 

Feasibility Study: Resources by Topic

  • California Department of Fish and Game
    • Has a very intuitive interface
  • UC Davis IPM
    • Extensive coverage of IPM, agricultural pests, and natural environment pests
    • Includes a weed photo gallery
    • Can help identify pests and diseases on many types of plants
    • Biological control information
    • Related to grape industry
    • Prevention and management strategies
  • Practical Winery and Vineyard (now merged with Wines and Vines)
    • Doesn’t always have information needed, but has great information on: strategies to control vineyard mold and mildew, pest management, and new treatments
  • Fish Friendly Farming
    • Environmentally aware; is encouraging growing practices that protect endangered species, as well as the salmon/steelhead population.  Includes information on farm conservation, soil conservation, creek networking, and water conservation
  • Weeds of the West
    • A collaboration between the Western Society of Weed Science and the Western United States Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Services, this title is the essential easy-to-use handbook for weed identification and information.  Full-color photos.
      • V.E. Petrucci Library call number: SB612 .W47 W44 1996
  • Pacific OpenSpace, Inc.
    • Lots of interesting information on native flora and fauna

  • UC Cooperative Extension: Sonoma County
    • Rhonda J. Smith, the viticulture farm advisor for Sonoma County, is a great resource
    • In-depth coverage of: Pest management, plant growth regulators, pest/weed ID, current research on issues facing viticulture in the county

  • Fish Friendly Farming
    • Environmentally aware; is encouraging growing practices that protect endangered species, as well as the salmon/steelhead population.  Includes information on farm conservation, soil conservation, creek networking, and water conservation

  • California Grape Crush Report
    • Large amount of numerical data based on varieties for California, including amount grown, amount crushed, price per ton, and price per region/variety
  • Wine Marketing and Sales (2nd ed.) by Paul Wagner, Janeen Olsen, and Liz Tach
    • V.E. Petrucci Library call number: HD9375 .W34 2006
      • Breaks down marketing aspects in each section/area of the winery
  • Wine Spectator
    • Reviews of wine labels/varieties from tasting panels and wine connoisseurs
      • 2009- current issue available in the V.E. Petrucci Library
  • Agricultural Marketing Resource Center: Grapes
    • Information and resources on added-value agriculture.  Case studies, crop calculators, and other marketing resources.

  • UC Davis Cost Studies
    • Vineyard establishment/cost and return studies for wine, table, and raisin grapes by California county

  • General Viticulture by A.J. Winkler, James A. Cook, W.M. Kliewer, Lloyd A. Lider, Laura Cerruti
    • This is a simple book overviewing the common practices of vineyard establishment and maintenance
      • V.E. Petrucci Library call number: SB388 .W5 1974
  • World Ag Show: Tulare, CA
    • Equipment, price, and costs of the latest technology being used in the industry
  • New Holland Agriculture
    • Mechanical harvesters and other equipment