Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 22, 2017

4:00pm-6:00pm

Conference registration open

Lied Lodge – Lower Level

7:00pm-9:00pm

Taste of Vindemia-Welcome reception and networking featuring NE wines

Steinhart Lodge – Located approximately 1 block east of Lied Lodge

Sponsored by Kaufman Container

Monday, October 23, 2017

7:00am

Conference registration open

Lied Lodge – Lower Level

8:00am-8:30am

Opening Session Rosenow C/D

Welcome: Theresa McFarland; President, Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Association, Mat Habrock; Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Adam Howard; Director of Mission Engagement, Arbor Day Farm

8:30am-9:15am

General Session A Rosenow C/D

The Political Horizon and Business Climate for the U.S. Wine Industry: What You Don’t Know Yet

Jim Tresize, President, Wine America

9:15am-10:00am

Keynote Address Rosenow C.D

Adaptations and Alternatives: Changing Weather Patterns and Impacts on MidWest grapes

Paul Huttner, Chief Meteorologist, Minnesota Public Radio

10:00am-10:45am

Break – Steinhart Room

Trade Show Area Open (10:00am-5:00pm)

10:45am-11:30am

Viticulture Tract

Parallel Session B

Rosenow A

Establishing an Equipment Co-op: Is a Handshake Good Enough????

Donald Moore, President and CEO, First Central Bank

Enology Tract

Parallel Session C

Rosenow C/D

Identifying Faults That Make Good Wines Go Bad

Dr. Stephen Menke, Enology Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session D

Rosenow B

Identifying and Cultivating Your “Company Culture”: How Vala’s Pumpkin Patch Did It and You Can Too!

Kelsey Vala, Co-Owner, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch – Timber Dining Room, Lied Lodge (Main Level)

  • Included in registration

General Session E (Optional) 11:45am-12:45pm Terrace Room

Planning For the Future of Your Business After You’re In a Better Place (I mean retirement)

Eryka Morehead, CEO, Collaborative Planning Group

1:00pm-2:15pm

Viticulture Tract

Parallel Session F

Rosenow B

Healthy Grapes are Happy Grapes

Larry Shafer, Vice President, Agro-K Corporation

Enology Tract

Parallel Session G

Rosenow A

From Good to Great: How to Improve Winemaking, Winemakers and Wine Quality: (Part 1)

Dr. Stephen Menke, Enology Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session H

Rosenow C/D

Food & Wine Pairing Hands On and How To: Feeding Customers and Growing Wine Sales: WINE TASTING SESSION

Heather Smith, General Manager, Certified Sommelier, The Grey Plume

Requires additional fee

2:15pm-3:00pm

Viticulture Tract

Parallel Session I

Rosenow C/D

Balancing Mechanization and Sustainability: Nebraska Grower Panel

Nebraska Grower Panel

Enology Tract

Parallel Session J

Rosenow A

From Good to Great: How to Improve Winemaking, Winemakers and Wine Quality: (Part 2)

Dr. Stephen Menke, Enology Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session K

Rosenow B

Making Social Media Work For YOUR Business Examples and How To

Steve Maly, Activist, Maly Marketing

3:00pm-3:45pm

Break – Steinhart Room

Trade Show Area Open

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Vineyard Demo

Walk or take hayracks from Lied Lodge Entrance to Historic Morton Barns

5:00pm

Happy Half Hour

Historic Morton Barns – Enjoy Ciders & Specialty Wines

5:30pm-7:00pm

Vindemia BBQ at Historic Morton Barns

Sponsored by MPI Label Systems (Label Gallery)

7:00pm-8:00pm

Bonfire at The Morton Oak

Sponsored by MPI Label Systems (Label Gallery)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:00am-8:15am

Opening Session

8:15am-9:00am

Keynote Address Rosenow C/D

Sustainability From Grapes to Glass: Sustainable Winegrowing in California

Lisa Francioni-Hai, Program Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

9:00am-9:45am

General Session L Rosenow C/D

Partnering in Sustainable Practices: tips from Our Organic Friends

Alex McKiernan, Owner, Robinette Farms

9:45am-10:30am

Break – Steinhart Room

Trade Show Area Open (9:45am-3:00pm)

10:30am-11:30am

Enology Tract

Parallel Session N

Rosenow A

Sustainability in the Winery: Pioneering Wineries: Forging the Path

Lisa Francioni-Hai, Program Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session O

Rosenow B

Seeing What Your Customers See: Premises Audit and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Jennifer Reeder, Owner, Deer Springs Winery & Barry McFarland, General Manager, Mac’s Creek Winery

11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch – Timber Dining Room, Lied Lodge (Main Level)

  • Included in registration

General Session P (Optional) 12:30pm – 1:30pm Terrace Room

Legislative Update and “CALL TO ACTION”

Les & Trish Meyer, Knock-Out Partners

1:00pm-2:30pm

Enology Tract

Parallel Session R

Rosenow C/D

Creating Our Niche Wines: Bountiful Fruits of the Midwest: Brianna

WINE TASTING SESSION

Dr. Anne Fennell, Professor Grape Genomics and BioSNTR, South Dakota State University

Requires Additional Fee

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session S

Rosenow A

Quality Experience = Customer For Life: Customer Service at Its Best

Elizabeth Slater, Founder, In Short Direct Marketing

2:30pm-3:00pm

Break – Steinhart room

Trade Show Area Open: Last Blast of Exhibits

3:00pm-4:30pm

Viticulture Tract

Parallel Session T

Rosenow A

Sustainability in the Vineyard: Pioneering Grape Growers Forging the Path

Lisa Francioni-Hai, Program Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

Enology Tract

Parallel Session U

Rosenow C/D

Creating Our Niche Wines: Bountiful Fruits of the Midwest: Red Blends

WINE TASTING SESSION

Ethan Joseph, Winemaker, Shelburne Winery

Requires Additional Fee

Winery Management Tract

Parallel Session V

Rosenow B

Good Fortune vs Misfortune: Event Planning Makes The Difference

Elizabeth Slater, Founder, In Short Direct Marketing

7:00pm-9:00pm

Vino Veritas Rosenow C/D

Harvest Dinner Celebration