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Registration for 2020 EWE Now Open

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November 6, 2019

Lancaster, PA — Registration opened today for the Eastern Winery Exposition, the largest industry trade show and conference east of the Pacific coast, taking place March 10-12, 2020 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The benefits of attendance are plentiful with the opportunity to meet 190 exhibiting companies; attend workshop & conference sessions covering all aspects of the eastern winery and vineyard business; network with 1,000+ other industry professionals; and participate in numerous social & networking events

The EWE Conference features tracks on Enology, Viticulture and Money/Management. Show Management has brought in a record 56 industry experts to present 3 full day Workshops and 20 Conference sessions over the three days of programming. The triple Workshop format was so popular in Syracuse this year that the format will debut in Lancaster with three fresh topics. 

Program Highlights:

Registering early saves money with the lowest rates available through December 13, but Association, Student and Group discounts are also available.

For press queries, contact Bob Mignarri, Show Manager, Bob@EasternWineryExposition.com, 401.885.8788, ext. 11.

 

Janey Potter receiving the Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award at 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition

2019 Eastern Winery Exposition Sets New Attendance Record for Syracuse at nearly 1,000

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April 1, 2019

2019 Eastern Winery Exposition Sets New Attendance Record for Syracuse at nearly 1,000

Lancaster, PAThe 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), the largest trade show and conference for the production wine and grape industries east of the Pacific states, set a new attendance record for its Syracuse location during its three-day event from March 19-21 at 916 attendees, and 204 exhibiting vendors. EWE’s motto is “providing everything an eastern vineyard or winery could want.”

This was the third time EWE took place at the Oncenter in Syracuse, and Show Manager Bob Mignarri says by all accounts it was the most successful of the those held in Syracuse NY. “I thank our official supporters Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines Analytics, the conference sponsor i3 Verticals Point of Sale as well as the 31 organizations who were supporting sponsors of EWE and the associate sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for their contributions to this to year’s event,” he says.  

EWE Conference Manager Richard Leahy says he put an emphasis on cool and cold climate grapes and wine for the Syracuse location, including a day-long workshop on cold climate hybrids and wines. “For the first time at the Syracuse location, we had sessions that sold out of available seats weeks in advance of the show,” such Getting (and keeping) Fruit Forward, says Leahy. “I had many attendees including speakers compliment me on the quality of the program and speakers.”

As a surprise reward for attending the sold-out Fruit Forward sessions, the audience was treated to a finale of banjo playing by the multi-talented speakers Peter Bell and Howard Bursen, accompanied on guitar by Bursen’s wife Sally.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 was given (posthumously) to Dick and Audrey Naylor of Naylor Wine Cellars and Naylor Wine Packaging and was accepted for the winery by their daughter Janey Potter. “My father always said the best thing about the wine industry was the people,” she said to a standing ovation. Richard Naylor began winemaking as a hobby in the late 1960s, then launched Naylor Wine Cellars in 1978. Over his long career in the wine industry, Mr. Naylor had been a Director of Wine America and President of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. Naylor passed away last December and was preceded by his wife Audrey.

The 2020 Eastern Winery Exposition will take place March 11-12 at the Lancaster County Convention Center, preceded by a day of workshops on March 10th. For information, visit www.easternwineryexposition.com.

Hudson Cattell, Eastern Wine Historian, Dies

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July 20, 2018

Hudson Cattell, Eastern Wine Historian, Dies
We at EWE are saddened by the passing of Hudson Cattell. He was not only present at the creation of the Eastern wine industry in the U.S. and Canada, but faithfully covered the scene for decades. In addition to his and publishing partner Linda Jones McKee’s work with Wine East, he has left a detailed and valuable record of the evolution of the Eastern wine industry over the last 40 years in “Wines of Eastern North America”. We are grateful for his work and are proud to have had Hudson as the first-ever recipient of the EWE Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

2018 Eastern Winery Exposition Sets New Attendance Record at over 1,000

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March 13, 2018

2018 Eastern Winery Exposition Sets New Attendance Record at over 1,000
Total Show Participation 1,369

Lancaster, PA—The 2018 Eastern Winery Exposition, the largest trade show and conference for the production wine and grape industries east of the Pacific states, set a new registration record during its three-day event from March 6-8 at over 1,000 attendees, even with some cancellations due to bad weather. With media, speakers and exhibitors from nearly 200 companies, total show participation came to 1,369. EWE’s motto is “providing everything an eastern vineyard or winery could want.”
In addition to setting a new attendance record, EWE also sold out its trade show to exhibitors three months early, another record.
“Even with the weather not cooperating, the 2018 Eastern Winery Exposition may have been the best received by speakers, attendees and exhibitors. I look forward to continuing to providing a vital meeting place for the eastern industry,” says Show Manager Bob Mignarri.
“I strive to keep the conference program fresh and relevant with top industry speakers,” says EWE Conference Manager Richard Leahy. “For the first time in seven years, we had sessions that sold out of available seats weeks in advance of the show,” such as High-End Red Bordeaux Blends, Dry Rosέ and Re-thinking Cabernet Franc, says Leahy. “I had many attendees including speakers compliment me on the quality of the program and speakers.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 went to Ms. Ellie Butz, a Product Specialist in yeasts and related products for Lallemand. Ms. Butz was the treasurer for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Eastern Section, for many years, and began her work with the wine industry in 1979 as a microbiologist employed by Tri Bio Labs to produce the first American freeze dried malolactic bacterial culture, LeucoStart. She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana Wine Industry.
The primary sponsor of the Eastern Winery Exposition is Wines & Vines, a North American grape and wine trade magazine. The EWE conference is sponsored by i3 Vertical Point of Sale.
The 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition will take place March 19-21st at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. For information, visit www.easternwineryexposition.com.

New York Wine and Grape

THE NEW YORK WINE & GRAPE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS SUPPORT OF THE EASTERN WINERY EXPOSITION

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January 22, 2018

THE NEW YORK WINE & GRAPE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS SUPPORT OF THE EASTERN WINERY EXPOSITION

The Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), now in its seventh year, is pleased to announce the addition of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, a non-profit association representing wineries of New York State, to the list of supporting association sponsors of EWE 2018. There are now 28 regional wine associations who support EWE and whose members receive a 10% discount on their 2018 Eastern Winery Exposition registration.

“The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of the Eastern Winery Exposition in March,” says Sam Filler, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are committed to empowering our winery members in New York State with the information necessary to build a successful business for today and to prepare for the future. From wine marketing to viticulture and enology, the Eastern Winery Exposition’s program schedule has it all. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity to both learn from industry experts and network with peers from across our region.”

According to Bob Mignarri, EWE Show Manager, having “such a prominent organization as the New York Wine & Grape Foundation adds to the strength of the Eastern Winery Exposition. New York is the largest wine-producing state in the East and we are pleased not only to have the support of the Foundation but now to also provide the Foundation’s membership and therefore, more New York wineries, the same savings we provide to our other Supporting Sponsors.”

EWE attendee registration is running 180% ahead of the same time as last year. The exhibit hall has been sold out since December 6 with 193 companies. EWE takes place at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA, March 6-8, 2018. A full list of the 28 Supporting Association Sponsors is available at EasternWineryExposition.com/registration.

Eastern Winery Exposition
The Eastern Winery Exposition is the largest trade show and conference in North America east of the Pacific Coast. It features one day of in-depth workshops on March 6, and two days of conference sessions focused on viticulture, enology and marketing/management on March 7-8; a sold-out trade show with just under 200 exhibiting companies; License to Steal, a national wine marketing conference; a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop presented by Vesta; and multiple networking and social events. Details are available at EasternWineryExposition.com.

Contact:
Bob Mignarri, Quality Event Management, 401-885-8788, ext. 11, Bob@EasternWineryExposition.com

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation represents the wine and grape community in New York, which generates over $13.8 billion in economic benefits to New York State annually. The Foundation’s programs promote New York wine, grape juice, and table grapes, as well as fund research to enhance quality, productivity, and social responsibility. For more information, visit newyorkwines.org.

Contact:
Valerie Venezia-Ross, Director of Member Relations & Development, 585-394-3620 ext. 202 or Valerieross@nywgf.org.

SEVENTH EASTERN WINERY EXPOSITION SELLS OUT TRADE SHOW IN RECORD TIME

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December 6, 2017

SEVENTH EASTERN WINERY EXPOSITION SELLS OUT TRADE SHOW IN RECORD TIME

The Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), now in its seventh year, sold out its trade show three months in advance for its March 6-8, 2018 dates in record time. In 2017, its strongest year to date, the trade show sold out five weeks in advance.

Show Manager Bob Mignarri says that the sold-out list of suppliers to the wine and grape industries includes186 companies occupying 252 booth spaces, plus two companies taking tables in the conference room lobby“The early trade show sell-out is indicative of how well the Eastern winery and vineyard industry is doing. Suppliers are excited to meet with industry attendees next March. It is also a testament to the past success of the Eastern Winery Expo,” says Mignarri. Industry vendors interested in exhibiting at EWE should know that a wait list for possible cancellations is available. 

EWE is the largest trade show and conference program in North America east of the Rockies, and features a day of two concurrent day-long workshops on Tues. March 6th, with the trade show and regular conference (offering seminars on viticulture, enology and marketing/management topics) on March 7-8th. Attendee registration is running 180% ahead of the same time last year. EWE will take place at the Lancaster Co. Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.

For the second year in a row, License to Steal, a national wine marketing conference, will be co-located with EWE at the Lancaster Co. Convention Center, running March 7-8th Online registration, lodging and the full conference schedule with speakers is available online at www.easternwineryexposition.com.

Fourth Annual Eastern Winery Exposition Moves to Syracuse, March 2015

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September 16, 2014
Fourth Annual Eastern Winery Exposition Moves to Syracuse, March 2015

SYRACUSE, NY—The fourth annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) will take place March 17-19, 2015, at The Oncenter in Syracuse, New York. With 225 trade show booths already sold, EWE is now the largest winery and vineyard trade show and conference east of the Pacific states and the largest show of its kind ever to be held in New York State.

Exhibitor response to the Syracuse move has been extremely positive and Show Manager Bob Mignarri credits the move as a contributing factor to the show’s continued rapid growth.

Proximity to the wine regions of New York and Ontario is one of many advantages Syracuse provides as a location for the 2015 EWE. Syracuse, the economic hub of Central New York, offers affordability, easy accessibility by air, car and train, great diversity in shops and restaurants, Destiny, a shopping and entertainment megaplex, a world-famous zoo, and Syracuse University.

The three-day Eastern Winery Exposition begins Tuesday, March 17, with two day-long Workshops, one to feature vineyard and winery start-ups, the other tailored to vineyards and wineries growing from small to mid-, or mid- to large-size operations. A welcome wine reception Tuesday evening provides opportunities for networking and socializing. The two-day conference, along with the trade show, kicks off on Wednesday and features sessions focused in four areas: Viticulture, Enology, Cold Climate Grapes and Marketing, Money and Management.

Conference Manager Richard Leahy announced that researchers from nearby Cornell University will present two conference sessions reflecting Cornell’s most recent research findings in Viticulture and Enology, in addition to practical extension sessions.

Additionally, Cornell Senior Extension Associate Tim Martinson, also Project Director of the Northern Grapes Project, will lead a series of sessions focused on issues for cold-climate grapes. The Northern Grapes Symposium takes place within the EWE conference Wednesday, March 18.

The full conference program and speaker roster will be available online in mid-October. Employees of wineries who are members of the sponsoring Seneca and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails, as well as the members of 16 other industry associations and organizations, will receive a ten percent discount on EWE registration.

The Eastern Winery Exposition is an Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference designed to provide the Eastern U.S. and Canadian wineries and vineyards with an easily accessible, low-cost professional meeting with a large number of winery and vineyard suppliers, at the right time of year. Complete event information as well as registration is available at EasternWineryExposition.com.

Contact:

Bob Mignarri, Quality Event Management, 401-885-8788, ext.11, Bob@easternwineryexposition.com, EasternWineryExposition.com

The Eastern Winery Exposition & ASEV-ES Team Up for Another Year of FUNdraising

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October 22, 2014
The Eastern Winery Exposition & ASEV-ES Team Up for Another Year of FUNdraising

SYRACUSE, NY—The Eastern Winery Exposition has partnered with the Eastern Section of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV-ES) for a second year and will offer two separate auctions in Syracuse during the 2015 Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE).

“We like to say we put the FUN in fundraising” notes Lisa Smiley, ASEV-ES Chair, “with two spirited and fun events. More importantly, the proceeds resulting from the auctions support the future of the industry with scholarship funding for students pursuing careers in Enology and Viticulture.”

The Live Auction will be held during EWE’s Fourth Annual Industry Celebration Dinner on March 18. ASEV-ES will auction donated items with a minimum value of $300 each. The Silent Auction features a range of low to high-value items and takes place during the EWE trade show March 18-19.

“This will be the largest fundraiser this year for our scholarship program,” says Renee Threlfall, ASEV-ES Section Administrator, and a previous scholarship recipient herself. “Since 2007 the efforts and support of generous donors, bidders, and organizations such as the Eastern Winery Exposition have provided nearly $75,000 toward this program. The impact past recipients have had on the wine industry nationwide is priceless.”

Adds Jodi Creasap Gee, ASEV-ES Past Chair, “we are excited to once again be working with Bob Mignarri, Richard Leahy, and Marcia Gulino at EWE. They are very supportive of ASEV-ES and are truly a pleasure to work with!”

ASEV scholarships for the 2013-15 academic years have benefited multiple students from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

ASEV is grateful for the generous contributions to its fundraising events. To donate auction items contact ASEV-ES directly. Donation forms are also available online at asev-es.org.

Contact:

ASEV-ES:
Renee Threlfall, ASEV-Eastern Section Administrator, 479-575-4677, info@asev-es.org, www.asev-es.org.

Eastern Winery Exposition:
Bob Mignarri, Quality Event Management, 401-885-8788, ext.11, Bob@easternwineryexposition.com, www.EasternWineryExposition.com

Eastern Winery Exposition Announces the “Beat the Winter Doldrums” Event with a Free Attendee Registration

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January 6, 2015
Eastern Winery Exposition Announces the “Beat the Winter Doldrums” Event with a Free Attendee Registration

SYRACUSE, NY—The Eastern Winery Exposition has announced a new promotion to perk up one lucky winner’s January by giving away a free registration to the 2015 Eastern Winery Exposition taking place March 17-19, 2015 in Syracuse, New York.

Here’s how it works:

1. Complete your registration and payment for EWE at any time during the month of January (any type of attendee pass qualifies.)

2. On February 1st EWE will draw one attendee name from those who registered in January.

3. The winner will be notified and refunded the full cost of his/her EWE registration.

Applies to new registrations completed in the month of January only. Registration is available via EasternWineryExposition.com/registration and must be completed by January 31, 2015.

Contact:

Bob Mignarri, Quality Event Management, 401-885-8788, ext.11, Bob@easternwineryexposition.com, EasternWineryExposition.com

2015 Eastern Winery Exposition Signs 200th Exhibiting Company

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February 4, 2015
2015 Eastern Winery Exposition Signs 200th Exhibiting Company

The fourth annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), taking place March 17-19 at The Oncenter in Syracuse, New York, is on the verge of selling out the 2015 show floor with the addition of its 200th exhibiting company, Dynalon Labware.

With more than 290 booth spaces, EWE provides the largest marketplace in the East for those in the winery and vineyard industry to view, evaluate and test the most current products and equipment, and to meet face-to-face with suppliers in one setting.

The three-day Eastern Winery Exposition begins Tuesday, March 17, with two day-long Workshops, one to feature vineyard and winery start-up’s, the other tailored to expanding vineyards and wineries. A welcome wine reception Tuesday evening provides opportunities for networking and socializing. The two-day conference, along with the trade show, kicks off on Wednesday and features sessions focused in four areas: Viticulture, Enology, Cold Climate Grapes and Marketing, Money and Management.

Researchers from nearby Cornell University will present two conference sessions reflecting Cornell’s most recent research findings in Viticulture and Enology and Cornell Senior Extension Associate Tim Martinson, also Project Director of the Northern Grapes Project, will lead a series focused on issues for cold-climate grapes. The Northern Grapes Symposium takes place within the EWE conference Wednesday, March 18.

Members of the sponsoring Keuka Lake, Seneca and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails, Northern New York Grape Growers Association, Wine Council of Ontario, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers, and Hudson Valley Wine Country as well as the members of 13 other industry associations and organizations, receive a ten percent discount on EWE registration.

Proximity to the wine regions of New York and Ontario is one of many advantages Syracuse provides as the location for the 2015 EWE. Syracuse, the economic hub of Central New York, offers affordability, easy accessibility by air, car and train, great diversity in shops and restaurants, Destiny, a shopping and entertainment megaplex, a world-famous zoo, and Syracuse University. The 2015 show will be the largest wine industry event ever to be held in New York State.

The Eastern Winery Exposition is an Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference designed to provide the Eastern U.S. and Canadian wineries and vineyards with an easily accessible, low-cost professional meeting with a large number of winery and vineyard suppliers, at the right time of year. The show is sponsored by Wines & Vines and the conference is sponsored by Practical Business Solutions. Media Supporters include Wine & Craft Beverage News, Wine Business Monthly and Grapevine Magazine. The ASEV-Eastern section is also a supporter and will hold live and silent auctions to help raise fund for student scholarships at EWE. Complete event information including a 2015 Exhibitor list is available at EasternWineryExposition.com.
Contact:

Bob Mignarri, Quality Event Management, 401-885-8788, ext.11, Bob@easternwineryexposition.com, EasternWineryExposition.com