Washington Prepares for 2014 Wine Grape Grower Confab

Feb. 5-7 Kennewick event fitted with workshops, noted speakers

Published on: Jan 15, 2014

For what happenings in the Washington wine and grape industry, producers and others in the business  will gather Feb. 5-7 in Kennewick, Wash., at the Three Rivers Convention Center for the 2014 annual meeting and trade show of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

This 31st annual meeting of the organization is enlisting growers, viticulture staff, enologists, tasting room personnel and marketers of the wine industry to attend as what the organization labels "the premier educational opportunity for the Northwest grape and wine industry."

For information and registration, go to www.wawgg.org.

The three-day event will include a trade show featuring 180 booths offering the latest in technology, tools and machinery for the industry.

Wine grapes and their product will be the focus of the Washington wine industry meeting in Kennewick next month.
Wine grapes and their product will be the focus of the Washington wine industry meeting in Kennewick next month.

At the opening general session on Feb. 5, Department of Ecology Office of Columbia River Director Derek Sandison will probe the limiting effects of water on industry expansion.

There will also be an update of the under-construction Wine Science Building.

Al year-in-review update will be offered by Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe.

On Feb. 5 also will be a session labeled "What You Don't know About Nematodes Could Hurt You, will provide preventative concepts growers may want to try. A focus will be on how choice of the right rootstock may be the best way to ward off these worm attacks, and researchers will provide a list of new chemical strategies that may help.

A Feb. 6 session on "Wine Tourism and Economic Development," will address best management practices to build momentum for your operation's visitor impact. The talks will focus on hospitality values.

There will also be a session that day on "The Changing Landscape of Fining Agents: TTB Regulations and Alternatives," to address tax and trade bureau regulations wineries face today. The speakers will look at what the industry can expect to face in the future as well as what alternatives exist.