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2017 Grape Camp Attendees

Exhibitor Registration – Available for 2018 on July 1, 2018

2017 Presentations

Katy David Beyond the Permit:  Legal Issues for Startup Winemakers
Dr. Justin Scheiner, Michael Cook, Dr. Pierre Helwi and Fran Pontasch 2017 Texas Harvest Report  
Dr. Ed Hellman Survey of Texas Vineyard Soils:  Characteristics and Challenges  
Dr. Pierre Helwi Texas Grape Varieties and Rootstocks
Dr. Justin Scheiner An Overview of Viticulture and Enology Research in Texas and Resources Available to Grape Growers
Dr. Justin Scheiner, Brenda Canada, Michael Cook, Jon Bowden and Penny Adams 2017 Texas Harvest Report By Region
Fritz Westover, Cliff Bingham, David Kuhlken and Jet Wilmeth Grapevine Varieties:  Selecting the Best Fit for the Grower, the Winemaker and the Future of the Texas Wine Industry  
Jacy Lewis Defining Sustainability  
Dr. Justin Scheiner Sustainable Vineyard Disease Management  
Dr. Jake Mowrer Grapevine Nutrition and Sustainable Vineyard Fertilization  
Jim Kamas Sustainable Vineyard Floor Management  
Dr. Justin Scheiner Sustainable Arthropod Management in Vineyards  
Jim Kamas, Dusty Timmons, Jerry Watson and John Rivenburgh Grower Panel Discussing Sustainable Vineyard Management  

Grape Camp, presented by Farm Credit, is an annual two-day event filled with educational sessions, vendor demonstrations and a celebration dinner focused on Texas grape growers.

Educational Sessions are held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Fredericksburg.

On Sunday night, there is a celebration reception and dinner held at the Inn on Barons Creek Conference Center. This is a great time to enjoy your favorite Texas wines.

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2017 Grape Camp Educators – Thank You to all the Presenters

Dr. Ed Hellman

Dr. Ed Hellman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Viticulture with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech University.    As Viticulture Extension Specialist since 2001, Dr. Hellman plans and conducts Extension educational programs in support of the Texas grape and wine industry.  He created and directed the original Viticulture Advisor Extension Team from 2006-2012. He also established the highly successful Texas Viticulture Certificate Program in 2007 to provide professional training for entrepreneurs and vineyard employees, and a companion Winemaking Certificate Program in 2014.  Dr. Hellman has developed several viticultural websites, including the award-winning Texas Winegrape Network and the Winegrowing Regions of Texas.  Currently he is developing The Vineyard Advisor, a mobile application for grape disease and pest management recommendations.

Dr. Justin Scheiner

Dr. Justin Scheiner is an Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

In his Extension role, Justin provides educational programming and technical support for grape growers in the Gulf Coast Region and North Texas. His research program focuses on best management practices for vineyards in areas affected by Pierce’s Disease.

Justin also teaches undergraduate courses in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M and is a member of the graduate faculty. Previously, he served as the Director of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Grayson College in Denison, Texas where he taught a variety of viticulture and enology courses.

Justin received his B.S. in Horticulture and Crop Science from Sam Houston State University and his M.S. in Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences from Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Cornell University where his dissertation research focused on viticultural factors that affect methoxpyrazines.

Katherine E. David

Katherine E. David counsels clients on tax matters, including federal income taxation and state margin and sales taxation. A significant part of her practice includes advising tax-exempt organizations. She also has extensive experience advising clients with respect to like-kind exchanges.

Katy is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Katy currently serves as Co-Chair of StrasburgerBOLD – San Antonio, the firm’s strategy to promote women within the firm, the legal profession and San Antonio’s business community.


  • Admitted, Texas
  • Admitted, U.S. Tax Court
  • American Bar Association – Section of Taxation, Section CLE Committee, Chair (2014-2015); former Vice Chair (2012-2013); Pro-Bono Award Committee, Chair (2014-2015), Member (2012-2015); former Vice Chair (2013-2014); Young Lawyers Forum, former Chair (2011-2012), former Vice Chair (2010-2011), former Programs Coordinator (2009-2010); former Chair, Presentations and Speakers Subcommittee (2007-2010)
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2003
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2000, with honors

Fran Pontasch

Fran Pontasch is a Viticulture Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, based in College Station. Her focus of responsibilities include viticulture outreach to Gulf Coast and South Texas grape growers, and providing relevant research based information and educational programs.

Dr. Pierre Helwi

Dr. Pierre Helwi

Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Fritz Westover

Fritz Westover, Westover Vineyard Advising

Jim Kamas

Jim Kamas, Associate Professor & Extension Fruit Specialist, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab

2017 Grape Camp Sponsors – Thank you to all the Sponsors

2017 Grape Camp Exhibitors – Thank you to all the Exhibitors

2017 Grape Camp Hotels

Best Western Plus
314 E. Highway St, Fredericksburg

Celebrating 70 years of hospitality, Best Western Hotels and Resorts is an award-winning global family of hotels located in over 100 countries and territories offering accommodations for all types of travelers.  The Best Western Plus in Fredericksburg provides guests free Internet access and a full breakfast.

Inn on Barons Creek
308 S. Washington St., Fredericksburg

The Inn on Barons Creek is the host hotel for the 2017 TWGGA Grape Camp.  Located within walking distance of downtown Fredericksburg, the Inn offers spacious suites with Wi-Fi access and complimentary full breakfast bar.

Barons CreekSide

316 Goehmann Lane

Fredericksburg, TX 78624


TWGGA member Daniel Meyer invites Grape Camp attendees to take advantage of special rates for cabins at Barons CreekSide.  Unwind along the gorgeous mountain creek on 26 tree-covered, Texas Hill country acres.  Just minutes from downtown Fredericksburg, the cabins allow you to relax, explore, watch for birds and butterflies, go fishing, or just unwind in a rocker on your porch.  Check out the fabulous Barons CreekSide at