The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, LIVE, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, Oregon Wine, New York Wines, Washington State Wine, Washington Winegrowers and Wine Institute are co-hosting the 2nd U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit on April 19-21, an all-virtual event.
Growers, vintners, association leaders, trade, and other industry professionals from around the globe will gather virtually to hear about the U.S.’s ever-increasing interest in sustainable winegrowing, get up close and personal with sustainable winegrowers in the field, and learn how they are adapting practices in the face of climate change. Attendees will gain insight into bringing this movement to their own wine regions, vineyards and wineries and learn how to distill these practices into unique messaging that resonates with consumers and trade while credibly communicating the U.S. wine industry’s commitment to a global audience.
The Summit will begin on April 19th (11:30 am–1:00 pm PST) with the “Explore U.S. Sustainable Wine Tasting & Seminar,” a unique opportunity to taste sustainably grown and produced wines from California, Oregon, New York and Washington featuring Evan Goldstein, MS (moderator) and vintners from the four partner states. (To taste along, a wine kit must be purchased in advance.)
On April 20th (10:00 am–12:00 pm PST), Food & Wine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle will give a keynote address on sustainable winegrowing trends and observations on sustainable winegrowing, followed by a workshop on messaging sustainability to consumers and trade. In the afternoon (1:00–2:00 pm PST), participants will go on a virtual four-state sustainable vineyard and winery tour – no sunscreen or hat needed!
On the final day, April 21st (10:00 am–12:00 pm PST), the first session will be a panel focused on grower perspectives on climate change resiliency, moderated by San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Critic, Esther Mobley. The second session will be a conversation between Julia Coney (Wine Journalist and Founder of Black Wine Professionals) and Elaine Chukan Brown (American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com and Co-Founder of Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum) about diversity, equity and inclusion, the social pillar of sustainability.
To learn more, and to register for the event, please visit: sustainablewinegrowing.org/summit.
The 2021 Summit sponsors include American Vineyard Magazine, Certified Sustainable Protected Harvest, Napa Green and Master the World. Tasting sponsors are Ampelos Cellars, Bedell Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hartford Family Winery, Stoller Family Estate and Wente Vineyards. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.