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.

All WineAmerica members are encouraged to attend.

Register Today!

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


HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS: WGA and WineAmerica have negotiated a room rate of $309 (single/double occupancy) at the Grand Hyatt. The deadline to book at room at this discounted room rate is Friday, March 31. Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. To reserve a room at this discounted room rate, please contact the Grand Hyatt directly 202-582-1234. Please identify the group 2017 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference/Winegrape Growers of America. To reserve a room online, please click here to visit the online reservation page.


Tuesday, April 25

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: WGA Board of Directors Meeting Banneker

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: WineAmerica Board Meeting & State and Regional Associations Advisory Council Meeting

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Wines of America Congressional Reception: Longworth House Office Building Food Court

Wednesday, April 26

8:00 am – 10:30 am: Breakfast, Registration & Morning Speaker

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast & Registration

8:30 am – 9:45 am: Congressional Overview Speakers: Cornerstone Government Affairs and Meyers & Associates

9:45 am – 10:30 am: Tax Reform Discussion Speaker: Tracy Henke, Legislative Director, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

10:45 am – 11:45 am:  Trade – NAFTA and Future of Trade Liberalization

11:45 am – 1:15 am: Immigration & Other Issues

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Immigration Panel

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Employment Immigration Enforcement Issues

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Immigration Legislation Issues

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm: John Manfreda, Administrator, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Music Licensing Update

Thursday, April 27

8:00 am – 9:30 am Breakfast & Session

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Hill Visits


*subject to change