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Eastern Winery Exposition | Conference Program

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 2018 program include:

    • 30 Conference sessions & Workshop modules with the focus on Enology, Viticulture and Money/Marketing/Management
    • 50% new-to-EWE Speakers: David Collins, Andrew Hodson, Jim Law, Luca Pascina, Emily Pelton, Roman Roth, Jeff White and more
    • Returning EWE Superstars: Barry Gump, Bubba Beasley, Tim Benedict, Denise Gardner, Lucie Morton, and more
    • One Full Day Workshop focusing on Sparkling Wines
    • A second Full Day Workshop on Managing Microbes to Avoid Spoilage
    • Emphasis on grape & wine issues, with more viticulture & enology sessions
    • Sessions dedicated to High-End Red Bordeaux style wines, Re-Thinking Cabernet Franc, Dry  Rosé Sauvignon Blanc
    • Money/Marketing/Management: two special EWE sessions presented by the License to Steal Wine Marketing Conference
    • 25 state and industry associations offering conference registration discounts to their members

Full 2018 Program details will be posted in late summer.



Conference Manager

Richard Leahy speaking 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, now in a second edition, was first published in 2012 by Sterling Publishing. He also has a website and blog focused on wines of the East at

Program Advisory Board

Thank you to the EWE Program Advisory Board for their input, ideas, feedback, and suggestions that continue to make the EWE Conference stronger every year.

  • Tim Benedict, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, New York
  • 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, New Hampshire
  • Tom Payette, Tom Payette Wine Consulting, Virginia