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    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • City Winery, 650 North Avenue NE, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30308

    New Growers and Veteran Growers are invited to attend and network. 
    Link to Register - 


    Moderator: Mellissa Mattee, Fulton County ANR Extension Agent

    9:00 AM – Registration and refreshments

    9:30 AM – Welcome; Supporting new grape grower success
    Cain Hickey, UGA Viticulture Extension Specialist

    9:45 AM – Site selection and vineyard design
    Tremain Hatch, Virginia Tech Viticulture Extension Specialist

    10:15 AM – Judicious cultivar selection for grape growing in the southeastern US
    Cain Hickey, UGA Viticulture Extension Specialist

    10:45 AM – BREAK

    11:00 AM – What to expect in the first three years – materials needed, vine training, pest management
    Mark Hoffmann, NC State Viticulture Extension Specialist

    11:30 AM – From Tanks to TTB to Tasting Room: things to think about when starting a commercial winery
    Beth Chang, Virginia Tech Enology Extension Specialist

    12:00 AM – LUNCH

    1:15 PM – Perspectives and tips from a new and a veteran grower / vineyard and winery owner
    Kevin Buckley (new) and Eric Seifarth (veteran)

    2:00 PM – Q & A Panel with growers and Beth, Tremain, Mark and Cain

    2:30 PM – Year in review: perspectives from a dry growing season in a humid climate
    Growers and Beth, Tremain, Mark and Cain

    3:30 PM - Networking social with wines

    4:30 PM - ADJOURN

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

    Click Here to View Available Sponsorship Opportunities

    Click Here to Book a Room at Chateau Elan

    Click Here to Book a Room at Hampton Inn

    Group Rate Code: GWP


    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:

    2:00 - 2:45 Session Four:

    Production Track:

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

    Management Track:

    Working with a Sommelier, getting your wine in restaurants and retail

    2:45 - 3:15 Break

    3:15 - 4:00

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

    • 3 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

    Visit Chateau Elan Winery & Resort and enjoy a samples from 10 Georgia Wineries and 10 Georgia Eateries.  Check back for list of participating Wineries and Eateries.

    Tickets are $30 per person, or $25 for the Chateau Elan Neighborhood Club with code. 

    If you are planning to attend the Georgia Wine Producers Conference, your Taste of Georgia admission is included with your registration. 


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