Eastern Winery Exposition | Conference Program 2023

EWE Conference Program

Grid of photos from 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition

“From wine marketing, to viticulture and enology, the Eastern Winery Exposition’s program schedule has it all.”

– Sam Filler, Executive Director, New York Wine and Grape Foundation

EWE Workshops & Conference

EWE Workshops will take place March 14 and provide a full day exploration of a single topic. You can choose from one of three full workshops or cherry-pick just the sessions you want from each. Lunch included.

Conference sessions take place March 15-16 and will feature sessions in Enology, Money/Management and Viticulture.


Planing is underway now for the 2023 Conference. It will be announced and posted in late summer.

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
  • Lucie Morton, Lucie Morton Consulting, Virginia
  • Tom Payette, Tom Payette Wine Consulting, Virginia