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Third Thursday | Wine Making at Home





This month's Third Thursday at the Gardens features Dr. David Graper, SDSU Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist. The presentation will discuss Wine Making at Home at McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is encouraged.

Wine making is an ancient means of preserving and enjoying fruit of all types but especially grapes. While enjoying a glass of your favorite vintage is great, it can be a lot of fun to make your own. It is really not that difficult to do and you don’t need a lot of equipment to get started.

Dr. David Graper, Professor, Extension Horticulture Specialist and SD Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, says “I have been a home wine maker for many years. I played with it back when I was in college but really got into it more once I moved to South Dakota and had a place to grow our own fruit”.

The program will focus on the basics of getting started, making a batch of wine. “We will actually be crushing some fruit and getting the process started during the program” said Graper. “I will also have some that will have gotten through the first stage of fermentation so we can see the yeast doing its work.”


Contact: McCrory Gardens
Phone: 605.688.6707

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