College viticulture and enology program to be featured on UNC-TV

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DOBSON — UNC-TV will feature Surry Community College’s Viticulture and Enology program in its brand new 10-episode, half-hour television series which started Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The Surry Community College segment is scheduled to air on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Episodes will re-air throughout the week on UNC-TV Explorer Channel. To check local listings, go to

In each episode of From the Vineyard in North Carolina, host Lisa Prince visits two vineyards or wineries to take viewers on a journey capturing the whole experience from grape to glass. Prince visits with the cultivators of the vine and the artisans of winemaking to learn more about the grapes they are growing and the wine they are crafting. At the end of each episode, Prince is joined by Henk Schuitemaker, certified wine sommelier at the legendary Angus Barn in Raleigh, to talk about and taste North Carolina wines. Prince interviewed Surry Community College viticulture instructor Joseph Geller and enology instructor David Bower for the college’s segment along with visiting the Surry Cellars winery and college vineyard.

From the Vineyard in North Carolina is a natural extension of its sister series, Flavor, NC also hosted by Prince.

“I’m proud to be a part of a second public television series that is sharing the stories from a segment of North Carolina agriculture that has over a billion dollar impact on our economy and supports almost 8,000 jobs,” Prince said. “This series continues the agricultural adventure, visiting with the farmers and winemakers who are tempting our taste buds with everything from simple healthy snacks and down-home jams, to award-winning wines.”

From the Vineyard in North Carolina is produced by the EMMY nominated team at BlueWater Media, a full service television and video production company with offices in North Carolina. UNC-TV is North Carolina’s statewide public television network enjoyed by an average of four million viewers a week.

Underwriting support for From the Vineyard in North Carolina is provided by the North Carolina Wine and Grape Growers Council, supporting education and outreach for nearly 200 wineries and vineyards across the state.

Those interested in the wine industry also will be interested to know that Surry Community College is hosting the Fifth Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium on Nov. 16 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on the college’s Dobson campus. The symposium will include leading educators in viticulture and enology from educational institutions such as North Carolina State University, Appalachian State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as various industry experts. The symposium’s focus this year is “Crafting Southeastern Wines.” To register for the event or learn more about the college’s Viticulture and Enology program, go to

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