FWGGA Annual Conference – January 17th-19th 2019 Downtown DeLand, FL

Conference Location:
Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown DeLand
(Click here for resort info)


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 WinemakingSue 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 SurveyUCF
  • Update on WINE TRAILS/ Book ProjectPam 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


  • Roundtables & Q & A
  • Using Social Media & Website update – Kris Chislett
  • VAC News & Update
  • FDACS updates
  • University Updates ( 15 minutes of fame per university)


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.