Spring 2017: National Grape & Wine Policy Conference – Washington, DC

Raising Awareness of America’s Wine Industry in a New Administration

WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting for the 2017 the National Grape & Wine Policy Conference, April 25 – 27.

The conference features learning, advocacy and networking. Taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, minutes sideaway from Capitol Hill, this meeting is the industry’s opportunity to make its voice heard.

The conference will feature speakers and presentations on the politics and policies affecting our industry. It includes meetings of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council and a “Wines of America” reception on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff. The tasting features wines from over 20 states, demonstrating the importance of the American wine industry. The 2016 Grape & Wine Policy Conference is your opportunity to make a difference regarding the laws that affect you.

Speakers and agenda to be announced.

All WineAmerica members are encouraged to attend.

Register Today!

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United States

202-637-4708

WineAmerica Board Meeting Brings New Leadership and New Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Michael Kaiser

Director of Public Affairs

202-223-5172

mkaiser@wineamerica.org

May 26, 2015

Washington, DC – WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, took part in the annual National Wine and Grape Policy Conference this week in Washington, DC.  Held in conjunction with Winegrape Growers of America, the three-day conference attracts wine industry leaders from across the country to meet and weigh in on the most pressing public policy issues affecting growers and wineries.

This year, industry leaders from all over the United States were in attendance, representing wineries, growers and state associations.  Subjects covered included federal excise tax reform, music licensing guidelines and the overall political climate in Washington, DC.  The event culminated with the Wines of America Congressional reception held in the Rayburn Gold Room, where members of Congress, their staff and selected guests sampled wines from 27 states.

New Leadership

Concurrently, the WineAmerica Board of Directors meeting was also held, where the board thanked Caroline Shaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Family Wines, for her two years of service as Chair of the organization.

The new WineAmerica Chairman of the Board is Trent Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island. Trent has served on the board of WineAmerica since 2008 and the board of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation since 2004, where he is also Chairman. Trent earned an MS in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Viticulture & Enology, both from Cornell University. He also worked in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton Administration.

“I am thrilled to take the reins of WineAmerica and continue the robust growth and success we experienced under the leadership of my predecessor, Caroline Shaw,” said Preszler. “The future of WineAmerica is bright, and there are more compelling reasons than ever for American wineries to join our grassroots public policy mission.”

Assuming the position of Vice Chair of the Board is Martin Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington. Marty is a long time WineAmerica Board member and is currently the President of the Washington Wine Institute. Marty is the Managing Winemaker and co-owner of L’Ecole No. 41 with his wife Megan. Marty was also instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and served as its president for six years. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

New Members

The WineAmerica Board also appointed Dana Huber from Huber Winery in Starlight, Indiana to the open seat from the Great Lakes region. Dana and her husband Ted run Huber Winery and Starlight Distillery. Founded in 1978, Huber Winery is a pioneer in the Indiana wine industry, and they have since expanded into a diverse farm that grows many fruits and vegetables. In 2000 the Hubers founded Starlight Distillery, the first licensed distillery to open in Indiana. Ms. Huber joins another recently appointed Board member, Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Winery in Oregon.

WineAmerica would also like to highlight some of our latest members who have joined from our recent membership drive. St. James Winery, a key leader in the Missouri and Midwest wine industry has rejoined the organization, and will be a key member for us in that region. Other leading wineries to join WineaAmerica this spring are Leelanau Cellars in Michigan, Three Brothers Winery and Estate in New York and Dutton-Goldfied Winery in Sonoma County, California.

The next WineAmerica Board of Directors meeting will at the Allison Hotel and Resort in Dundee, Oregon from November 2-3, 2016.

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WineAmerica is the national voice the American wine industry. Based in Washington, D.C., WineAmerica represents wineries in 43 states and leads a coalition of state and regional wine and grape associations. As an industry leader, WineAmerica encourages the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.

For more information, visit www.wineamerica.org.

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Featured Wineries for Regional Tasting Announced

WineAmerica is pleased to announce the wineries participating in the annual Regional Wine Tasting as part of October’s Fall Membership Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Today Kentucky is home to nearly 80 wineries and continues to grow. The Regional Wine Tasting highlights the diversity of the Kentucky’s growing industry.

The event will be held at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, October 26th. Attendees will be limited to participants of WineAmerica’s Fall Membership Conference. See registration options below.

The Regional Wine Tasting will feature the following wineries:

Baker-Bird                  Equus Run

Old 502                Purple Toad               Spinghill

Stonebrook             Wight Meyer

Come to Lexington to meet with wine industry leaders from across the country. Be apart of important regional and federal policy discussions, help shape  the future of WineAmerica, and enjoy the local flavors of the Bluegrass State!

Non-member wineries are invited to select sessions. Attend the Government Affairs Update, Recruitment discussion with local wineries, and the Wine of Kentucky Reception free of charge. Email Tara Good at tgood@wineamerica.org to register as a non-member. Include name, title, and name of winery or vineyard. We look forward to seeing you!

View Full Agenda and Register Here

WineAmerica is the national voice the American wine industry. Based in Washington, D.C., WineAmerica represents wineries in 43 states and leads a coalition of state and regional wine and grape associations.  As an industry leader, WineAmerica encourages the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.

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Fall Conference: Agenda Announced

Lexington, Kentucky
October 26-27, 2015

Come to Lexington to meet with wine industry leaders from across the country. Be apart of important regional and federal policy discussions, help shape  the future of WineAmerica, and enjoy the local flavors of the Bluegrass State!

Questions? Contact Tara Good at tgood@wineamerica.org or 202-223-5175

Registration

$275 per person

$175 additional for spouses

Register Here

Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton Lexington/Downtown
369 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Phone: 859-231-9000

Hotel Website

Rate $169 a night, Room Block closes on September 25.

To make a reservation please use this dedicated website: WineAmerica Room Block

Travel information

Blue Grass Airport: The Lexington airport is 6 miles from the Hilton. There is a complimentary hotel shuttle, please contact the hotel for arrangements. It is a $20 taxi ride from the airport

Meeting Agenda

This two day conference will feature speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting our industry. Federal and State issues will be discussed, with presentations by industry and policy experts. Meet WineAmerica’s government affairs team and contribute to shaping the agenda in the year ahead. The WineAmerica Board of Directors will meet to discuss the ongoing work of the organization and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council will work to find common ground on regional issues.

We encourage all attendees to arrive on Sunday, October 25 and to attend all of the meeting sessions.

Sunday, October 25th

  • Attendees arrive
  • 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm WineAmerica Executive Committee Dinner

Monday, October 26th

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Meeting of the Executive Committee (Closed)
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am SRAAC Meeting
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm WineAmerica Membership Update
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (With TBA Keynote Speaker)
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Government Affairs Update
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Recruitment discussion with local wineries
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm “Wines of Kentucky Reception”
  • 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Travel to Stonestreet Farm
  • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner at Stonestreet Farm

Tuesday, October 27th

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am WineAmerica Board of Directors Meeting
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Open Forum for Discussion
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm WineAmerica: Next Steps?
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (With Speaker TBA)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Wrap-Up

2015 Fall Meeting Poster