FWGGA Annual Conference – January 17th-19th 2019 Downtown DeLand, FL
Arrive early to participate in all the fine activities available both in Downtown DeLand and in the surrounding West Volusia area. (Promotional materials & maps will be provided)
6:00 p.m. until ??– Downtown PUB CRAWL & Social time –On your own. A relaxed time to investigate all the fine wine (and beer) shops and restaurants along the Boulevard in downtown. Lots of boutiques as well. Something for everyone. Take your picture at the Deland “Wings.”
REGISTRATION 11:00 am – 12:30 pm -“ The TABLE” restaurant
BOOT CAMP – 8:30 – 11:00 am – at Elliott Vineyards in Pierson, FL
Directions to be provided upon registration for Boot Camp. Pre-registration required as lunch and additional materials will be provided to participants.
Cost $30 per person. Limited to 30 participants.
- Vineyard Development
presented by – Ron Guzzetta, Vineyard Manager at Lakeridge and
David L. Smithwick, Farm Manager FAMU
- Pruning Instruction
- Propagation methods and training
- Trellis and Irrigation set up
- Vineyard Maintenance
- Home Winemaking – Sue Elliott and Sherry Hutchinson
- set up & Equipment
- Q & A with the experts & Box Lunch
- Leave by 11:30 AM – Travel to Deland to begin the general conference
11:00 – 12:15 – LUNCH (on your own for NON- Boot Camp participants)
12:15 – 12:45 PM – GENERAL MEETING and Welcome –
JR Newbold, President of FWGGA
State of the FWGGA – Election of Officers – Board Meeting
1:00 – 1:45 PM – – From Hobby to Start-up – Getting started in the industry –
Chris Gugel and John and Sherry Hutchinson
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Does Yeast affect Wine Aroma or Taste?
Donnie Nettles – (hands on session)
3:00 – 3:30 PM – Mini-BREAK – Visit the EXHIBITS*
3:30 – 4:00 PM – Financing for Vineyards & Wineries – presented by Farm Credit
4:30 – 5:30 PM Wine Chemistry 101 – Testing your wine – at Courtyard by Marriott meeting room – Allen Frank Humphries – FAMU
6:00 – 9:00 PM MEET AND GREET (Wine Tasting) (Exhibits OPEN)* at “The TABLE”
Bring a bottle or two to share and spend time sharing ideas with other attendees and exhibitors and Vendors. Multiple carving stations and seating areas available.
* Vendors & EXHIBITS – These will be set up and available during the breaks throughout the day, as well as during the Meet and Greet.
9:00 PM until ? – night-owls visit the downtown venues available retire to your hotel.
Coffee in the hotel Lobby or visit a downtown restaurant (List provided)
7:30 – 8:15 AM – Registration and EXHIBITS – at “The Table” restaurant, downstairs.
8:15– 9:00 AM– Muscadine Fermentation Protocol – Ken Taristano, Flagler Beachfront Winery
9:00 – 9:45 AM – Vineyard Irrigation and “Stuff” – Ron Guzzetta – Lakeridge Winery
9:45- 10:15 AM – UPDATES –
- Results of Challenges & Opportunities For Wine Tourism Survey – UCF
- Update on WINE TRAILS/ Book Project – Pam Watson
10:15 – 10:45 AM – MINI-BREAK – EXHIBITS*
10:45 – 11:30 AM – Why Blend? Wine Blending & Bench Trials –
Demonstration by Donnie Nettles
11:30 AM – 12:30 pm –“ Bringing a New Vigor to Our Industry”- keynote presentation – – Justin Scheiner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist Texas A&M
12:30 – 2:00 PM– LUNCH & WORKING SESSIONS
- Roundtables & Q & A
- Using Social Media & Website update – Kris Chislett
- VAC News & Update
- FDACS updates
- University Updates ( 15 minutes of fame per university)
FAREWELLS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please turn in your completed evaluations prior to leaving as these help us plan for next year’s conference.
NOTE: Wines for submission to the wine competition at the Florida State Fair can be brought to conference for transport if prior arrangements and paperwork registration are completed. Be sure to bring a few bottles to share at the Friday evening Meet & Greet party. Hobbyists and any other wine makers are more than welcome to share as well as commercial wineries.