Agenda Announced: 2016 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference

WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting for the 2016 Wine and Grape Policy Conference, May 22 – 24, 2016.2016 National Wine And Grape Brochure

With a format that maximizes learning, advocacy and networking, only minutes away from Capitol Hill, this meeting is the industry’s opportunity to make its voice heard.

The conference will feature speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting our industry; meetings of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council; and the “Wines of America” reception, demonstrating the importance of the American wine industry and giving  you an opportunity to introduce your wine to your member of Congress. The 2016 Wine and Grape Policy Conference is your opportunity to make a difference about the laws that affect you.

All WineAmerica members are encouraged to attend.

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Sunday, May 22

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Conference Early Registration & Welcome Reception

Monday, May 23

8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am: WineAmerica Executive Committee Meeting (closed session)
9:00 am – 10:30 am: WGA Board of Directors Meeting (concurrent)
9:00 am – 10:30 am : WineAmerica Board Meeting (concurrent)
10:30 am – 11:45 am : State and Regional Associations Advisory Council Meeting

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Keynote Lunch (Speaker TBA)

General Session: Hot/Key Topics

1:15 pm– 1:45 pm: Pest and Disease/USDA research update
1:45 pm– 2:15 pm: TTB Update
2:15 pm– 2:45 pm: FDA Update
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Immigration/Worker Status Update
3:15 pm– 3:45 pm: Waters of the US Discussion
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Music Licensing and the Wine Industry

Tuesday, May 24

8:00 am: Breakfast 
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Panel Discussion: Federal Excise Tax Reform

General Session: Hot/Key Topics

9:45 am – 11:15 am: International Wine Marketing Competition in the US
11:30 am – 12:00 : Legislative Briefing (Cornerstone Public Affairs and Meyers and Associates)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Congressional Visit Prep

1:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Congressional Visits Attendees will be divided into teams or by states and will head to Capitol Hill for legislative meetings
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Wines of America Reception on Capitol Hill (Rayburn Gold Room)

Wednesday, May 25

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Additional Congressional visits.

– Agenda is subject to change –