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Eastern Winery Exposition | Conference Program

Tasting at the Eastern Winery Exposition Conference

Dedicated to providing members of the Eastern wine and grape industries with relevant, practical and valuable information to further their product quality and business success.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Two day-long workshops; one for new vineyards and wineries, and one for expanding vineyards and wineries;
  • Solutions to current issues in Eastern viticulture, from plant material to frost damage, crop loads and more;
  • New Technology sessions for enology and viticulture;
  • Varietal focus on riesling, pinot noir, and two Austrian reds;
  • The most popular speakers from previous years and many new ones;
  • Wine flaw focus on volatile acidity;
  • Northern Grapes Symposium
  • A variety of registration options for any professional budget
  • 19 state and industry associations offering conference registration discounts to their members
New in 2015: The Northern Grapes Symposium
Think of it as a conference within a conference. The Northern Grapes Symposium (NGS) takes place Wednesday, March 18, and features sessions focused on cold climate hybrids. It is a collaboration of EWE and the Northern Grapes Project (NGP), a Coordinated Agriculture Project funded by the USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative. The goal of the NGP is to provide research to help producers overcome production and marketing constraints and increase the profitability and sustainability of emerging cold climate grape and wine industries. Their extensive research and findings provide the framework for the symposium.
The Northern Grapes Symposium is included in the EWE Conference. You can attend any/all of the NGS sessions with your Workshop+Conference, Conference or Wednesday Day Pass. Only have time for one session? You can do this with the purchase of a Single Session Pass. The flexibility is there for you to attend exactly the session(s) you choose.



Workshop 1: Launching Your Vineyard or Winery
W01a | The Seven Best (and Worst) Ways to Start a Vineyard
W01b | Winery Lab Focus
W01c |  TTB Introduction for New wineries and Online Resources for All
W01d | Branding Focus: Who Do you Want to Be as a Winery?
W01e | Winery Design Considerations

Workshop 2: Growing from Small to Mid or Mid to Large Size Vineyard or Winery
W02a | Financing Vineyard or Winery Expansion
W02b | Design & Construction for Winery Expansion
W02c | New Winery Technology
W02d | New Winery Management Software
W02e | New Closure and Container Technology



Conference sessions are listed below in order by track: Enology, Money/Management/Marketing, Northern Grapes Symposium, and Viticulture.

E01 | Reserve Riesling
E02 | Two Austrian Reds for Cool Climates
E03 | High Quality Pinot Noir in the East (Enology)
E04 | Wine Flaw Focus
E05 | New Yeast Tools

Money / Management / Marketing
M01 | Website Design Makeover Success Stories
M02 | The Three Most Common Tasting Room Problems (and How to Fix Them)
M03 | Wine Market Council Annual U.S. Consumer Report
M04 | Events Sense
M05 | Consumer Expectations and Buying Patterns in the Tasting Room: Study Results

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Northern Grapes Symposium
N01 | Recovering from 2014 Winter Damage in New York and Ohio
N02 | Managing, Adding and Enhancing Tannins For Red Hybrid Fermentations
N03 |Optimal Training Systems, Cropping Levels, and Canopy Management for Marquette, Frontenac & La Crescent
N04 | Achieving Optimal Fruit Expression for White Hybrids
N05 | Northern Grapes Project: Scope and Accomplishments

V01 | Straight Talk on Plant Material
V02 | How To Achieve Economically Sustainable Vineyards with Quality Fruit
V03 | High Quality Pinot Noir in the East (Viticulture)
V04 | Red Blotch Virus Update
V05 | Organic Viticulture: Is It for You?

Speaker biographies and session descriptions will be posted at the end of the month.


Richard Leahy interviewing a speaker at the Eastern Winery Exposition ConferenceRichard Leahy has organized major wine industry conference seminar programs from Pennsylvania to Minnesota since 1997, and has been writing about wines of Virginia and the East since 1986. In 2007 he organized the Virginia Wine Experience in London which brought the top 64 Virginia wines there for leading British wine media and trade to taste. He was a regional editor for Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide, and was Mid-Atlantic and Southern Editor for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He was East Coast Editor of Vineyard & Winery Management for over ten years. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers. Richard’s book on Virginia wine, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, was published in June 2012 by Sterling Publishing. He also has a website and blog focused on wines of the East at www.richardleahy.com/blog.

  • Tim Benedict, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, East Coast Crush and Co-Pack
  • Mark Chien, Penn State, Pennsylvania
  • Jerry Forest, Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Pennsylvania
  • Denise Gardner, Penn State, Pennsylvania
  • Patty Held, Patty Held Consulting, Missouri
  • Doug Moorhead, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Pennsylvania
  • Lucie Morton, Lucie Morton Consulting, Virginia
  • Peter Oldak, Jewell Towne Vineyards, NH
  • Tom Payette, Tom Payette Wine Consulting, Virginia
  • Brian Roeder, Barrel Oak Winery, Virginia