Growing Grapes in Texas: From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine (Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series) (Paperback)

Growing Grapes in Texas: From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine (Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series) By Jim Kamas, Larry A. Stein (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jim Kamas, Larry A. Stein (Foreword by)


In this complete and approachable manual on grape growing in Texas, Jim Kamas asks the essential question all potential growers need to answer: Why do you want to plant a vineyard? 

Outlining the challenges and risks to all who think viticulture is a weekend hobby, Kamas then identifies the state’s current grape growing regions and covers everything the commercial or home producer needs to know in order to have a successful vineyard.

Well-illustrated text offers chapters on site choice and design, rootstock and fruiting varieties, pruning and training strategies, canopy and floor management, and disease and pest control. Kamas thoroughly explores grapevine horticulture, including the systematics, morphology, nutrition, and water needs of the genus Vitus. Finally, he addresses the issues of equipment and infrastructure before closing with some advice about vineyard-winery relations.

Kamas was trained as a student in the grape growing country of western New York by some of the “best viticultural minds” in the US, and grape and wine lovers from all parts of the country will find this book a valuable resource.

About the Author

JIM KAMAS, based in Fredericksburg, is assistant professor and extension horticulturist in the department of horticultural sciences and AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University. He is also coauthor of The Texas Peach Handbook.

Praise For…

" . . . this will be the most comprehensive book for grape growing in Texas."--Doug Welsh, author, Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac
— Doug Welsh

"I enjoyed reading The Art and Science of Growing Grapes in Texas by Dr. Jim Kamas. It is designed for the edcated beginner and I think it 'hit the mark.' Dr. Kamas' book will help the individuals who have the required background to be successful in farming and will arm those that need consultants with enough knowledge to ask the right questions and judge the quality of the consultant's advice."--Andrew Walker Professor, Louis P. Martini Endowed Chair in Viticulture, Chair, Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group
— Andrew Walker

"This is a much needed resource, and I expect it to be well recieved by grape industry professionals and academics alike. This book covers all of the major areas of growing grapes, which makes it stand out among other viticulture texts, as most skip over at least one component of production. Readers will likely find this [book] to be useful. This book provides sound, practical information that may be used to address the needs of new and existing vineyard operators in the state of Texas, and elsewhere in the Southern US."--Justin Scheiner, Professor of Viticulture and Enology, Grayson College
— Justin Scheiner

“. . . a practical, approachable manual. . .”—The Eagle
— The Eagle
Product Details
ISBN: 9781623491802
ISBN-10: 1623491800
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2014
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series