A field day celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1st Grape Crush with Vernon County Growers of Wisconsin Cold Hearty Grapes, showcasing Tom Plocher's Cold Hearty Grapes and Wines.  We look forward to seeing everyone! 

2023 Field Day - Sunday, August 13th

When: Sunday, August 13, 2023

  • Registration check-in opens at 10:30 am 

Where: Vernon Vineyards - S3426 Peterson Lane - Viroqua, WI 54665

Who: WGGA, WWA Members and Non-Members 

  • WGAA & WWA Members are $20 each, and Non-Members are $25 each
  • Please bring cash or check ONLY day of the event 
  • Registration is limited to 100 folks and due by Monday,  August 7th 
  • RSVP by replying to with
    • your meal selection(s) (BBQ Pork or Chicken)
    • With
      • name______________________________________
      • mailing address ____________________________
      • phone ______________________________________
      • number of individuals attending _____________


11:00am     “Introductions and Welcome” 

  • Craig Carpenter - WGGA President

11:10am     Equipment Silent Auction Overview and Rules  

  • Craig Carpenter - WGGA President

11:15am     “The Birth and Growth of Vernon Vineyards”

  • Loren Cade and Bob Starks - Founders of Vernon Vineyards & John and Deanna Pedretti - Owners of Vernon Vineyards 
    • Grapes grown: Edelweiss, Itasca, Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent and St. Croix

11:30am     “Looking For The Perfect Vine”

  • Tom Plocher - Vineyard Walk Leader, Grape Vine Breeder and Owner of Plocher Vines 
    • Following a brief presentation everyone will go out into the vineyard - rain or shine…unless there is thunder/lightning

1:30pm       Plocher Vines Wine Tasting (inside tasting includes - Petite Pearl, Crimson Pearl and Verona) 

  • Tom Plocher - Vineyard Walk Leader, Grape Vine Breeder and Owner of Plocher Vines

2:00pm       Adjourn & Lunch (available for pre-paid registered attendees: BBQ Pork or BBQ Chicken plate)

  • Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the Sunday afternoon music on the tasting room’s outdoor patio with music from 2-5 pm 

*** Representatives from Nutrien Ag Solutions, Agro-K, Vesta, and MDT & Associates will be onsite from 11:00am to 2:00pm

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As mentioned above, this is a 20-year milestone we are eager to celebrate!

Craig T. Carpenter at for more information.