Linea Gagliano, Oregon Wine Board
Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oregon Wine Symposium 2023 registration is open
Two days of in-person wine education, tradeshow booths and networking returns February 14-15
The Oregon Wine Symposium, the Pacific Northwest’s premier platform on wine research, business practices, and education will be held in person at the Oregon Convention Center February 14-15, 2023. The event is co-presented by Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA). As the largest seminar and tradeshow in the region, the Symposium is shaped by industry volunteers of the OWB Education Committee, OWB and OWA staff who evaluate and design the curriculum around the most pressing needs of the industry. Driven by this input, along with qualitative feedback and marketplace trend analysis it provides maximum value to attendees. More than 30 seminars and presentations by global wine experts are offered.
The 2023 Symposium will be organized in three separate tracks: Viticulture, Enology, and Sales. This year, additional insightful workshops will be added along with the ever-popular General Sessions and a tradeshow floor full of experts in the field of wine growing, winemaking and sales.
General Sessions on the first day will feature a keynote address by Dr. Greg Jones (pictured below), whose Climatology Report and Vintage Report presentations provide excellent educated glimpses into the future of Oregon Wine by examining our immediate past.
The second day keynote address will be delivered by longtime Beverage Alcohol Consulting expert Danny Brager and market analyst Dale Stratton, who will deliver the annual State of the Industry in the general session. As Oregon continues to be a hot commodity in North American wine, Mergers and Acquisition (M & A) topics will also be addressed.
Other Oregon Wine Symposium seminars of note are as follows:
In the Viticulture track, Optimizing Labor Relations for Vineyard Managers will kick off day one. The Enology track will kick off with Sparkling Continuing Education featuring industry producers and their best practices for success making traditional method, Charmat and Pet Nat styles.
Focus on Viticulture
Viticulture seminars will continue with other compelling seminars throughout the two days including How the 2022 Vintage Impacted Pests & Disease in the Vineyard, with Oregon State Researchers Dr. Vaughn Walton and Dr. Walt Mahaffey, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, and Josh Vlach, Entomologist, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Dr. Patty Skinkis, Professor & Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, will cover Learning from the 2022 Frost Event.
Alternate trellis systems for a changing climate will featuring Dr. Manfred Stoll of Germany and case studies from the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Alec Levin will discuss Soil and Plant Tissue Analyses: What You Need to Know experts Andy Gallagher and Dr. Paul Schreiner.
Focus on Enology
With the majority of Oregon’s producers being small family wineries making under 5,000 cases of wine annually, the seminar on Small Winery Solutions is on-brand for 2023, moderated by Andrew Kirkland from Ruby Vineyard within the Enology track. Smoke Affected Wine continues to be a draw in this track with a seminar featuring Nichole Schulte of Barrel 42 and Quady North, Sarah Cabot of Precept, and Eric Herve of ETS. This will be moderated by Greg Urmini of White Rose Estate.
Wine Sales Track
The 2023 Sales track looks to the future of wine with a view to increased platform engagement. The focus will be on Direct to Consumer (DtC) marketing with Lesley Berglund, Founder and Chair, WISE Academy who will present On the State of DTC; Community Benchmark Founder John Kelleher and Enolytics Founder Cathy Huyghe will present a view of DTC engagement for both tasting rooms and shipping. Wine shipping compliance will also be a focus in this special track with Oregon compliance expert Jackie Crawford and Jeff Giametta. The preview of Oregon Wine Month programming for 2023 will sew things up with OWB’s Trade Relations Manager, David Dewitt; Vanessa Haddick of Double Tap Marketing; and industry consultant Danny Brager.
The symposium is the site of the Northwest’s largest wine industry trade show, with more than 180 exhibitors anticipated. The trade show floor offers networking and meeting opportunities with vendors, a festive happy hour called the Oregon Wine Soirée, community booths featuring DEI and healthcare partners, in addition to four mini sessions including the ever-popular TTB Wine Labeling Update.
Participants are encouraged to register before January 15, 2023 to take advantage of the full-access early bird pricing. For more information on the further discounts, preliminary programs, speakers, and special events, visit oregonwinesymposium.com.
Program details can be found online on the website here.
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$240 for Early Bird Full Access Admission
$65 Full Access with Spanish Speaker Interpretation
$30 Tradeshow only
Discounts are available for faculty staff and students of wine education institutions. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Tickets are available online at https://www.oregonwinesymposium.com/
About the Oregon Wine Board
The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. Visit oregonwine.org.
About the Oregon Winegrowers Association
Harnessing the power of state-wide consensus, the Oregon Winegrowers Association stands as the vital advocate for the health, growth and economic sustainability of Oregon’s wine industry. We are a member-driven advocacy group advancing the interests of the largest agricultural economic impact sector in the state. The OWA is funded through voluntary membership dues and provides legislative and regulatory advocacy, legal guidance, regulatory compliance updates and cost saving solutions to its members. Visit oregonwinegrowers.org.