Jason Gerke, owner of Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery, was elected President of the Missouri Grape Growers Association (MGGA) annual meeting held earlier this month in conjunction with the 2011 ICCVE Field Day.
"I'm excited about the tremendous progress grape growers in Missouri have made in identifying grape varieties and management practices that result in high quality grapes and wines, says Gerke. "In my new role I look forward to working with the association to help disseminate information among growers, and identify those areas in which more research and education could be helpful to improving quality and profitability."
The MGGA's goal is to promote the growth of the Missouri grape industry and the production of a high quality product, to represent the interests of Missouri grape growers in legislative and political matters, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to disseminate current information pertaining to optimum agricultural practices for vineyards. The association currently has more than 50 members.
Gerke owns and operates Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery in Platte City, Mo. Jowler Creek is Missouri's first certified green winery. Their 7-acre vineyard totals more than 3,500 grapevines and the winery markets 1,500 cases of wine annually out of the on-site tasting room and through more than 80 retail locations and restaurants in Missouri and Kansas.