Nick Pehle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since graduating in 2000, Nick has been the vineyard manager of two of Missouri’s largest vineyards for a combination of 18 years as well as owning and operating his own 20 acre vineyard near Hermann, MO. Along the way Nick started Midwest Vineyard Consulting, where he now works full-time helping growers fulfill their dreams of being in the vineyard industry and producing premium wine grapes. Nick has worked with numerous French Hybrid and American varieties, with each variety presenting unique viticultural challenges. Nick has met those challenges head on, applying over a decade of viticulture knowledge, engineering expertise, and proficiency with vineyard mechanization systems, including pruning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, shoot positioning, leaf thinning and harvesting. His efforts and dedication have paid off with consistently high quality wine grapes, improved labor efficiencies and vineyard expansions earning him praise and respect from his clients, employers, peers and staff. Nick has been a guest speaker at wine grape growing conferences around the country including Viticulture 2010, Wineries Unlimited, Justin Morris Vineyard Mechanization Workshop, Iowa Grape and Wine Conference, Unified 2017, ASEV and regular lectures at Mizzou.