Grafting the Grape Virtual Lecture Series: Missouri Viticulture in a Family Vineyard
June 22, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Missouri Botanical Garden is sponsoring the Grafting the Grape online program series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Missouri Viticulture in a Family Vineyard
Presentation and discussion from Missouri winemakers at Edg-Clif Vineyard with owners and vintners Steffie Littlefield and Cyndy Keesee on the viticulture and winemaking using French-

American hybrid grapes, and the historical legacy of using their family farm as the foundation for a 21st century vineyard, winery, and brewery.

Steffie Littlefield, co-owner and viticulturist of Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery & Brewery, has an A.S. in Horticulture and B.S. in Agriculture/Horticulture. She has served as President of Gateway Greening, Vice President/treasure of Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association (GPHA) and President of the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis. She has been a landscape designer for over 25 years and is President of the Members Board of the Missouri Botanical Garden. She is now serving as Vice President of the Missouri Grape Growers Association.

Cyndy Keesee, co-owner and winemaker of Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery & Brewery, has been in the wine-making industry since 2008, when Edg-Clif planted their first 4 acres of grapes and now turns up to 2500 gallons of juice into award winning wines. She is involved in the Grape and Wine Institute at the University of Missouri and the Missouri Wine Technical Group. One of her creations, Twilight—a sweet white Chambourcin—was recognized as Best of Class in the rosé category and has been featured in several wine publications.

ASL interpretation and live captioning provided for each program. Presentations will be recorded for later viewing on the Garden's YouTube channel.

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