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Ohio Grape & Wine Conference

February 17 - February 18

The Ohio Grape & Wine Conference (OGWC) will take place on February 17-18, 2020 at the Embassy Suites – Dublin/Columbus. The conference is jointly organized by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC), The Ohio State University Extension, The OSU South Centers, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science Viticulture and Enology Programs at The Ohio State University – Wooster Campus and the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA). The 2020 conference consists of both general and concurrent sessions covering a wide range of relevant topics for grape growers, winemakers and marketing staff.

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers for 2020. The enology section will feature Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of the Viticulture and Enology Program and Enology Professor, Washington State University, as well as Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker, St. James Winery. The viticulture section will feature Dr. Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist at Washington State University and Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, Viticulture and Extension Specialist, Michigan State University. The marketing section will feature Marianne Frantz, Founder and President of American Wine School.

Monday morning will begin with a half-day workshop for new growers and winemakers to the grape and wine industry. Topics will include: vineyard establishment, young vine management, and information for beginning commercial wine production. A panel of grape and wine producers will share their experiences in starting up new vineyards and wineries. The conference will formally open Monday afternoon with a welcome followed by presentations from our featured speakers and industry updates in the General Session. Tuesday will consist of full-day, concurrent sessions with technical presentations in viticulture and enology, as well as the inclusion of a marketing track.

Our featured speakers will cover the following topics:

✓  Marianne Frantz: Tuesday Concurrent Sessions–Ms. Frantz will conduct a wine and food pairing program, as well as share emerging trends in the wine and craft beverage business.

✓  Dr.Thomas Henick-Kling: Monday General Session–Dr. Henick-Kling will present his expertise on wine microbiology from harvest to bottling.  Tuesday Concurrent Sessions – Dr. Henick-Kling will share his experience on the “best winemaking practices” he has observed from differentregions of the world during his illustrious career.

✓  Andrew Meggitt: Monday General Session–Mr. Meggitt will cover the critical topic of maintaining wine quality despite high volume production and numerous labels being offered at St. James Winery. Tuesday Concurrent Sessions – Mr. Meggitt will present the merging of old and new world winemaking styles at St. James Winery. The importance of blending will also be covered within this presentation in addition to a tasting being provided.

✓  Dr. Michelle Moyer: Sunday Workshop–Dr. Moyer will provide a full-day workshop on fungicide information, techniques, and decisions to manage disease resistance. Monday General Session – Dr. Moyer will cover the past, present and future of pest management, which will include an overview on the topics discussed during the Sunday fungicide resistance management workshop.

✓  Dr. Paolo Sabbatini: Tuesday Concurrent Sessions–Dr. Sabbatini will discuss his research using early leaf removal (ELR) strategies in Michigan, with a focus on ELR mechanisms and physiology for yield and late-season disease management.

In addition to the featured speakers above, our in-state specialists from The Ohio State University – Wooster Campus and South Centers will also present valuable information and research updates in viticulture covering: climate change impacts on Ohio grape production, as well as updates on disease, insect, weed management, and viticultural practice effects on vine health and fruit quality. Topics covered in the enology concurrent session will include regulatory updates from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control and Ohio Fire Marshal, as well as critical cellar applications and processing techniques in the winery from in-state specialists, experts in the field and Ohio commercial winemakers.

*The topics scheduled are subject to change without notice *Final program agenda will be sent early in the New Year

Additional Highlights of the 2020 Conference:

✓A mixture of topics for both new and advanced grape growers, wine producers and marketing staff, covering three tracks in viticulture, enology and marketing.

✓We are currently working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture(ODA) to obtain pesticide recertification credits for educational sessions involving disease, weed, and insect management.

✓  Full 2-day registration at a low rate of $210, with a discounted rate provided for more than two individuals attending from one establishment or family. Full registration includes access to the Monday morning special focus viticulture and enology workshop, all technical sessions and trade show. Social events and meals are also included: Monday – buffet lunch; Ohio wine reception, and banquet on Monday evening; and buffet lunch on Tuesday. You are also entitled to a conference packet and flash drive with Power Point presentations provided at registration.

✓ Special passes are also available for better accessibility and flexibility of the conference.  Passes include: Monday Special Focus Workshop pass; 1-day conference pass; complimentary student registration (not including meals and flash drive) and conference pass with meal options.

✓  An expanded two day tradeshow with both vineyard and winery equipment and services.

✓  Technical session format: In addition to the special Monday morning viticulture and enology combined workshop, there will be general and additional concurrent sessions all day Tuesday in enology, viticulture and marketing which allows for more choices for attendees.

✓  Special events include: Ohio commercial wines featured at the Ohio Wine Reception,“OQW”and/or 2019 Director’s Choice award-winning wines paired with mouthwatering entrees at the Monday evening banquet and select Ohio Wine Competition medal award-winners at the Tuesday buffet lunch.

✓ After banquet social providing a good place and time to socialize and network with members of the Ohio grape and wine industry.


Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio Wine Producers Association


Embassy Suites Dublin/Columbus
5100 Upper Metro Place
Dublin, OH 43017 United States
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(614) 790-9000