The annual Georgia Wine Producers Conference will be held on the evening of February 4th (Taste Georgia! reception event) and all day on February 5th (education sessions) at Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA.


PLEASE JOIN US AT THIS EVENT by registering here:


We have some great sessions lined up so attendees can learn about regional viticulture research efforts in addition to winemaking strategies and marketing tips from academic and industry specialists joining us from Cornell University and Virginia. Here is the schedule for the education sessions on February 5th:

8:00-8:30 AM: registration

8:30 AM: “Feed your Yeast: Fermentation Nutrition” Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, Cornell University

9:15 AM: “Winery marketing: insights on brand building and engaging audiences” Sarah Bryant Walsh, Walsh Family Winery

10:00-10:30 AM: BREAK and visit vendors

10:30-12:00: UGA Research Update #1

“Bud density and trellis structure effects in Chambourcin” Rachael White, UGA Horticulture Department

” Development of IPM Strategies to Improve Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila and Sour Rot in Grapes” Dr. Brett Blaauw, UGA Entomology Department

“Powdery and Downy Mildews – Identification, Management, and Fungicide Resistance Issues” Dr. Phil Brannen, UGA Plant Pathology Department

 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: LUNCH and visit vendors

1:15-2:00 PM: “Body Building: Tannins and Structure in Red Wines” Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, Cornell University

 2:45-3:45 PM: “The Importance of Balanced Fruit (And What To Do When It Eludes You)” Nate Walsh, Walsh Family Winery, and Simone Bergese, Chateau Elan

 3:45-4:10 PM: BREAK and visit vendors

 4:10 PM: UGA Research Update #2

“Delayed pruning effects in Chardonnay” Cain Hickey, UGA Horticulture Department

“Leaf removal effects in Chardonnay” Annie Vogel, UGA Horticulture Department

 5:00 PM: final questions and adjourn


Here is a link to speaker bios: