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Georgia Wine Producers Annual Conference

February 3 - February 4

$40 – $175

The Georgia Wine Producers are pleased to announce their 2020 Annual Conference, February 3-4th at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort.  To make hotel reservations at the Chateau Elan (Group Rate Code: GWP), click HERE, and at the Hampton Inn, click HERE.  See below for the schedule of events.


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
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


Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne
Braselton, GA 30517 United States
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