Annual Conference

2020 TFWA Annual Conference – February 20 – 22

The Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the Pick TN Conference for 2020. The conference will consist of our annual business meeting, election of new officers, and a selection of classes and workshops. Classes and workshops may be attended by both members and non-members provided they have registered for the conference. Registration will cover access to all workshops and presentations being presented by the TFWA and Pick TN. This will also include access to the Tradeshow floor, which will host a variety of vendors Thursday and Friday.

Tennessee Winemaker Dinner

Our Annual Winemaker Dinner will be Thursday evening February 20th and will take place at Arrington Vineyards. Details can be viewed by clicking on the TN Winemaker Dinner image below. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased through the link or in conjunction with your Pick TN Registration.

TFWA Conference Schedule and Speakers

Friday, Feb. 21

9-11:30AM

Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

Our annual business meeting where members will have the opportunity to elect new leadership, form committees and vote on the business of the TFWA.

TFWA Membership

Friday, Feb. 21

2:15 – 3:15PM

HEALTHY FERMENTATIONS 

This talk deals with the needs of the yeasts and the main issues involved in stuck and sluggish fermentations. Among the issues covered are nutrition, competition from competing microbes, survival factors and problems involved with yeast stress.

Friday, Feb. 21

3:30-4:30PM

THE IMPORTANCE OF PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN THE EARLY SEASON 

There are still a lot of growers out there that simply do not believe in early season disease management. Spray cover ranks as one of great importance right there with the immediate pre-bloom and post bloom cover sprays. Here are some tips and tricks to getting this application on early season. Looking at this past year where wet cool conditions hammered some growers with Phomopsis simply because they did not get early cover sprays applied. Knowing the vine phenology and pest complex is so important to getting a clean crop through harvest. This would play into harvest considerations and fruit quality.

Saturday, Feb. 22

8-9AM

Coffee with the Executive Director

Enjoy coffee while you get to know the Executive Director, talk about things to come, concerns, challenges, and opportunities that you face as an individual business or that you see on the horizon for Tennessee Wine Industry.

Adam Acampora – Executive Director, TFWA

Saturday, Feb. 22

9:15-10:15AM

OXYGEN MANAGEMENT IN WINEMAKING

According to the owner of ETS lab in California, the largest single cause of problems in the wines sent to him is oxidation. This talk covers the both enzymatic and chemical oxidation, plus practical ways to minimize its negative influence on wine.

Saturday, Feb. 23

10:30-11:30AM

Opportunity and Enchantment, Wine Grapes for the South

New Hybrid Varieties coming out of University of Arkansas, designed specifically for growing in the South Eastern part of the United States. Learn about the breeding program to develop these varieties, varietal characteristics, disease management, choosing the right vineyard location for them, their preferred growing system, and what kind of wines they make. Commercial Vines are currently available through Double A Vineyards.

Saturday, Feb. 23

1-2PM

ESTABLISHING AND INCREASING INTERNET SALES

If your not selling your wine on-line you are missing out. Best practices for tapping into and managing a revenue channel that should be part of every DTC playbook. Covering topics such as…

  • The Value of Selling Wine Online
  • Attracting Customers and Staying Top of Mind
  • Engaging Tasting Room Customers to repurchase online
  • Optimizing Logistics
  • VinoShipper Shopping Cart Solution & Permitting Issues.

Saturday, Feb. 23

2:15-3:15PM

FROM 0 TO 10,000 GALLONS, GETTING YOUR BUSINESS INTO THE BLACK

This discussion covers the top 3 – 5 things every small winery should be doing to increase revenue. Direct application of Grant funding to increase production capacity. The do’s & don’ts, best practices, pitfalls and how to increase winery visitations. Getting your operation into the 10,000 gallon production range as quickly as possible. 

 Jonathan Ball – Rocky Top Wine Trail

Saturday, Feb. 23

3:30PM

Grape & Wine Development Taskforce 

Taskforce meeting to review the 6 month progress from our July Meeting. “Introduction from the new Grape and Wine Board”.

 

 

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