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Georgia Wine Producers 2020 Annual Conference

  • 3 Feb 2020
  • 4 Feb 2020
  • Chateau Elan Winery & Resort


  • Includes Only Annual Conference
  • Includes Taste of Georgia Event and Annual Conference.
  • Includes Annual Membership Meeting, Taste of Georgia Event and Annual Conference.

Registration is Closed for this event. If you need to register call Karla Roper at 706-669-8184.

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February 3, 2020

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Registration/Check In 
All members must check in before attending the Annual Membership Meeting.
Conference Attendees must check in to get tickets to Taste of Georgia event.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Taste of Georgia Event

February 4, 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

8:00 - 8:30 Registration/Check-In

8:30- 8:45 Welcome - Presenting Sponsor Introduces Keynote Speaker

8:45 - 9:15 Keynote Speaker
Fritz Westover
Westover Viticulture & Virtual Viticulture Academy
A new era for grape growing in Georgia: Learning from the past and adapting to new practices for the future.

9:15 - 9:45 Research Updates:
Delayed pruning effects on Lomanto and Chardonnay (Hickey) 

9:45 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:00 Session One:

Production Track:

Justin Scheiner PhD
Asst. Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist Texas A & M University

Optimizing Quality & Production of Blan Du Bois: Research and experience on Blanc Du Bois rootstocks and nutrition, salinity, virus and ripening.

Management Track:

Renee Moss, Co-Owner Farmers Daughter Vineyard

Creative ways to spread the word about your vineyard or tasting room: Creative tips to work with your community, customers, and media to spread the word.

11:00 - 11:45 Session Two:

Production Track:

Viticulture Discussion Panel: Dr. Cain Hickey
Fritz Westover
Dr. Phil Brannen
Dr. Justin Scheinder

Management Track:

Alcohol Liability Exposures
Norton Insurance

12:00 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 Session Three:

Production Track:

Beth Chang, Ph.D.
Enology Extension Specialist
Dept. of Food Science & Technology Virginia Tech

Getting to know the Basics about Acids: pH, TA, and their effects on wine production:
- the difference between pH and TA
- relationship of pH to TA, and their respective influence on flavor
- types of grape acids contributing to pH and TA,
- effects of changing pH and TA to the final wine product’s stability and quality

Management Track:

Customer Service for not so normal customers
Discussion Panel:
Matt Vrahiotes, Sweet Acre Farms Winery
Whitney Hines, Farmers Daughter Vineyard
Bobby McNeill, Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery

2:00 - 2:45 Session Four:

Production Track:

Enology Panel Discussion:
Dr. Beth Chang
Ariel Padawer
Hezzie Patrick
Travis Green

Management Track:


2:45 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:00
Special Events Permits - Georgia Department of Revenue
Special Agent in Charge - Jeremy Thompson and Tax Examiner Supervisor Jennifer Scandrick

4:00 - 4:30 Research Updates:
Powdery and Downy updates (Brannen)


"GEORGIA WINE PRODUCERS" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Georgia , P.O. Box 1792, Dahlonega, GA 30533

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