2021 Eastern Winery Exposition | Conference Program 2021

2021 EWE Conference Program

Grid of photos from 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition

Highlights of the 2021 program:

  • 35 Conference sessions & Workshop modules with the focus on Enology, Viticulture and Money/Management
  • Returning EWE Superstars: Tim Benedict, Peter Bell, Bubba Beasley, Matthieu Finot, and more!
  • One Full Day Workshop focusing on Fining and Filtration
  • A second Full Day Workshop on Fortified Wines
  • A third Full Day Workshop on Fruit Wine and Fruit Mead
  • Emphasis on grape & wine issues, with plenty of viticulture & enology sessions
  • Enology Focus on Advanced Lab Analysis, Large Oak Containers and Barrel Alternatives, Cap Management Options and Pinot Noir
  • Viticulture Focus on Vineyard Economics, Vineyard Establishment and Expansion, Frost Damage Mitigation, New Technology and New Mostly Vinifera Hybrids
  • Money/Management: Turning Financial Loss to Tax Advantage, Master Data Management
  • 30 state and industry associations offering conference registration discounts to their members


2021 EWE Workshops & Conference

EWE Workshops take place March 16 and provide a full day’s exploration of a single topic. You can choose an entire workshop from start to finish or cherry-pick just the sessions you want from the list below. 

EWE Conference Sessions take place March 17-18 and the full line-up is noted below. The program schedule, speaker biographies and session descriptions will be posted by the end of the month.



Workshop 1: Fruit Wines and Fruit Meads
W01a | Fruit Wine Fermentation Issues
W01b | Berry Fruit Wines
W01c | Stone Fruit Wines
W01d | Mead Fermentation Issues & Best Practices
W01e | Melomels and Pyments


Workshop 2: Fortified Wines
W02a | Guide to High-Proof Fortification & QC Protocols
W02b | Sherry Wine
W02c | White Port Styles
W02d | Ruby Port Styles
W02e | Reserve/Multi-Vintage Port Style


Workshop 3: Fining and Filtration
W03a | A Primer on Fining & Filtration
W03b | Clearing Challenging Wines for Filtration
W03c | Comparative Filtration Technology
W03d | Sterile Filtration at Bottling
W03e | Winemaker Panel: Fining Trials, Filtration Media & Logistics




E01 | Practical Guide to Implementing FSMA Winery Regulations
E02 | Using Large Format Oak Containers
E03 | Realzyme for Winery Cleaning
E04 | Achieving Optimal Balance with Riesling
E05 | Growing & Making Quality Pinot Noir
E06 | Cap Management Options & Alternatives
E07 | Chaptalization Trials
E08 | SO2-Alternative Strategies for Incoming Disease-Affected Fruit
E09 | Advanced Lab Analysis
E10 | Barrel Alternatives with Product Tasting Trials



M01 | Master Data Management
M02 | Turning Financial Loss to Tax Advantage



V01 | Elimination of the Crown Gall Pathogen
V02 | New Cold-Hardy, Mildew-Resistant Hybrids
V03 | Spotted Lanternfly: A New Invasive Pest
V04 | A Vineyard Financial Calculator
V05 | Frost Mitigation
V06 | Vineyard Establishment and Expansion
V07 | Establishment & Production of Vinifera Grapes in the Finger Lakes: 2019 Costs
V08 | Using UV Light to Fight Fungal Disease

Conference Manager

Richard Leahy has organized major wine industry conference seminar programs from Pennsylvania to Minnesota since 1997, and has been writing about wines of Virginia and the East since 1986. In 2007 he organized the Virginia Wine Experience in London which brought the top 64 Virginia wines there for leading British wine media and trade to taste. He was a regional editor for Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide, and was Mid-Atlantic and Southern Editor for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He was East Coast Editor of Vineyard & Winery Management for over ten years. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers. Richard’s book on Virginia wine, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, now in a third edition, was first published in 2012 by Sterling Publishing. He also has a website and blog focused on wines of the East at www.richardleahy.com.

Program Advisory Board

Thank you to the EWE Program Advisory Board for their input, ideas, feedback, and suggestions that continue to make the EWE Conference stronger every year.

  • Peter Bell, Fox Run Vineyards, New York
  • Tim Benedict, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, New York
  • Jerry Forest, Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Pennsylvania
  • Denise Gardner, Denise Gardner Winemaking, LLC
  • Patty Held, Patty Held Consulting, Missouri
  • Doug Moorhead, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Pennsylvania
  • Lucie Morton, Lucie Morton Consulting, Virginia
  • Tom Payette, Tom Payette Wine Consulting, Virginia