South America for Wine Professionals - The International Wine Industries of Chile and Argentina 2012

The Purdue Wine Grape Team, the Midwest's leading experts on grape and wine production, will take wine industry professionals on an international Extension adventure to Chile and Argentina, and an opportunity to explore and experience global viticulture and enology during harvest time in the Southern hemisphere. The Team will lead the travels to several of the key wine production regions of Chile, including the Maipo, Casabanca, and Aconcagua Valleys. Stops include visits to several of Chile's top wineries and vineyards  (Viña Veramonte, Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana, Viña Errázuriz), encompassing conventional, organic, and biodynamic farming operations. The travelers have an opportunity to explore the magnificent scenery of Chile, from its Pacific Coast beaches to the Andes Mountains. A day trip across  the 22,841 ft high Andes takes the Team to Mendoza, Argentina, to explore in the other center of the South American wine industry with visits to premier wine producers (Finca Decero, Catena Zapata, and Familia Zuccardi). The group will stay in the old city of Mendoza, with its beautiful plazas and tree-lined streets, and plenty of opportunity to experience the vibrant culture and art of Argentina.

The program is organized and led by Dr. Christian Butzke of the Department of Food Science and Dr. Bruce Bordelon of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue.

Italian landscape                              Looking at vines                   Tasting room

Italy for Wine Professionals

Italy for Wine Professionals led 15 members of Indiana's wine industry on a 9-day excursion to various wine production and equipment manufacturing facilities, with visits tailored to help address the needs faced by Indiana's wine industry.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Christian Butzke (Department of Food Sciences), 765-494-6500,, Dr. Bruce Bordelon (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture), 765-494-8212,, Ms. Jill Blume (Department of Food Sciences), 765-494-1749,


Gardens of France

The Gardens of France program (previously "England and its Gardens") took nearly 30 Purdue Extension Master Gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts on an 11-day study program of garden design to some of the most famous and intricate gardens in France. Stops included Versailles, the Rosarie de l'Hay du Val de Marne, the International Festival of Gardens at Château Chaumont sur Loire, and Monet's Garden at Giverny.

For more information about the program, go to:   Specific questions can be directed to Dr. Mike Dana (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) at 765-494-5923,, or Ms. Rosie Lerner (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) at 765-494-1311,


Garden scene French garden Chaumont

During "Gardens of France 2008," nearly 30 Purdue Master Gardeners followed a garden history and landscape design curriculum through some of France's most famous gardens and châteaus.


International Market Research Project to Costa Rica

Under the support of a grant from the USDA, faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture developed an innovative educational program from March 2006-March 2008 to engage the state of Indiana in the global marketplace.  Set at CATIE in Costa Rica, the ten-day research program linked Purdue graduate students, extension educators and Indiana high school agriculture and science teachers to Indiana agribusinesses interested in exploring the Costa Rican market for their respective products. Each participant was paired with an agribusiness and was given the responsibility of performing background market research prior to traveling.  While in Costa Rica, a market analysis was completed. Upon return, the participants composed reports outlining the markets and potential economic benefits for their respective business's products and/or interests, and then presented the reports to the businesses. In addition to the experience they gained as international market researchers, students noted that the experience gave them a new perspective on the differences between Costa Rica and the United States, and the roles that culture and environment play in making business decisions.


Girls with tree Participant at flower sale Guys with pineapple

Participants in the Costa Rica travel program gained knowledge in international market research and experience in the Tico culture. Everyone returned with new contacts and a changed view of the world.

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