Kennewick, WA- Select speakers have been chosen by the industry itself to help educate and provide insight on hot topics to wineries and grape growers at the upcoming Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) Annual Convention.
The statewide expansion of wine grape acreage has seen a parallel increase in the incidence of virus diseases affecting the overall growth and sustainability of Washington’s grape and wine industry. As solutions are found for select virus diseases, previously unrecognized diseases such as Grapevine red blotch are emerging that could derail the industry’s growth trajectory. The Feb. 7 session Seeing Red: When Old Prevention Techniques Result in New Disease Outbreaks targeting growers, winemakers, crop consultants, and nurseries, will review ongoing efforts in comprehending emerging virus diseases and examine the current challenges and opportunities in dealing with virus diseases for healthy vineyards.
With wine consumption and demand on the rise in international markets, Washington State wineries are poised to expand their consumer base through export. The session on Feb. 7, Wine Export: How to Build Your International Business, is an opportunity for wineries to learn about export resources that are available. This session targets winery owners and marketing staff.
Thursday, Feb. 6 features a session on Arming Washington Against Trunk Diseases, which will discuss the more common trunk diseases, how to detect them, and how to manage them. This session, targeting growers, draws on past experiences from other viticulture areas to teach prevention strategies.
Growers, viticulture staff, wineries, enologists, tasting room staff and marketers are invited to attend the 31st Annual Meeting and Conference, the premier educational opportunity for the Northwest grape and wine industry.
The three day event is Feb. 5-7, and boasts sixteen educational sessions. The convention is tied with a trade show, featuring 180 booths, held in the Toyota Center, in Kennewick. All sessions are held at Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center.
Attendees can register early (avoid lines), and have a chance to win door prizes at a Pre-Funk on Feb. 4 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers serves wine grape growers and wineries through education, advocacy and leadership to encourage a positive business environment for continued growth and production of world-class, Washington-grown wines.
Visit www.wawgg.org for convention information.