October 22, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The University of Nevada is getting into the wine business.
Volunteers helped plant hundreds of grapevines Sunday at the new vineyard at the school's Main Station Farm in Reno.
UNR professor Grant Cramer says they've been raising money for a year and working on selecting a location for the 1-acre farm they hope to someday turn into a commercial-sized facility.
Cramer says northern Nevada has the perfect climate for growing grapes, similar to the conditions found in Washington state. He tells KTVN-TV (http://tinyurl.com/cl5zf7y ) that Washington's wine industry is worth about $8.6 billion and he can foresee a time when Nevada's could grow as large as $5 billion.
For now, the labor is free, with students doing much of the work with help from the nonprofit group Nevada Vines & Wines.