Next week, January 17-19, wine makers and vineyard owners from across the state will descend on the historic, central Florida town of Deland as the 2019 Florida Wine and Grape Growers conference gets underway. The annual two-day event brings together hobbyists, professionals and university researchers who are there to talk about their favorite beverage, Florida wine.
The venue is a new one for the nearly one hundred year old association and organizers are hoping the location, with its many wine bars, restaurants, and unique shopping will be a welcome addition to the weekend’s activities. The Courtyard by Marriott and The Table restaurant will host various meetings, exhibits, and a wine tasting.
An informal pub crawl will get attendees in the mood on Thursday evening, then the conference kicks off Friday morning with a “boot camp” featuring pruning, propagation methods and training, and vineyard maintenance and equipment among others. The general meeting begins after lunch and includes topics such as getting started in the wine industry, effects of yeast, wine chemistry, and wine tourism and marketing.
A wine tasting is set for Friday evening where attendees are welcome to bring their wines to share. Saturday morning includes updates on a wine tourism survey by researchers at the University of Central Florida, and a discussion of wine trails, how to start one and keep it going.
You’ll find more information about the conference and about the FWGGA by clicking here.
Happy Wine Trails!