University of Missouri Extension offers the first Beginner Grape School on Friday, March 8 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Columbia.

The class will give attendees the information they need to successfully start and maintain a vineyard, said Dean Volenberg, MU Extension viticulture and winery operations specialist.

Volenberg teaches the class with Mike White, a viticulture specialist from Iowa State University. They will explain costs of establishing a vineyard, pest control, sprayer management, cultivar selection, planting, trellis design and construction, pruning and canopy management, harvest considerations and marketing.

The class runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It follows the Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium. Register by Feb. 27 on the conference website at Choose “Attending other events” on the online registration form. For more information, contact Volenberg at 573-882-0476 or