Eastern Winery Exposition | Event Information 2022

2022 Event Information

Grid of photos from 2019 Eastern Winery Exposition

Oncenter Convention Center

800 S. State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-435-8000 | Oncenter.org

March 22-24, 2022

EWE Workshops: March 22
EWE Conference:
March 23-24

License to Steal: March 22-24

Trade Show:
Wednesday, March 23 | 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
Thursday, March 24 | 9:15 am – 2:30 pm

Local Information

Syracuse Information Desk
The Syracuse CVB will host a local information table during the days of the event. Look for them near Registration in Gallagher Hall.

Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

In the meantime, these are two helpful places to find Syracuse local info online:

Syracuse March Averages | High: 45°F | Low: 25°F

Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.

EWE Registration & Hotels

We encourage everyone to pre-register for EWE. Online event registration will remain open through March 24. Simply bring your confirmation to the Express Registration desk onsite and use your barcode to quickly scan in and pick up your badge. Can’t find your confirmation email? No worries! Confirmations will be re-emailed to all confirmed attendees a few days before the show kicks off. 

If you choose to register onsite, note that registration has gone paperless and cashless. You’ll have the option to register via laptop at the Registration Desk or if you prefer, via your own device.  

Registration will be located in Gallagher Hall of the Oncenter and open as follows:

Tuesday, March 22 | 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 23 | 7:15am – 7:00pm
Thursday, March 24 | 7:45am – 3:15pm

Not yet registered? Register Now.

To make your Hotel reservation, follow the Room Reservations instructions noted with each hotel on the Hotels page.

Parking & Shuttles

Parking is available in the Oncenter parking garage or open lot. The rate for EWE participants is $5/day.

EWE Shuttles
Provided by the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Shuttles for the Oncenter, Crowne Plaza & Doubletree by Hilton will run on a continuous loop as follows:

Tuesday, March 22
9:00am – 11:00am, from hotels
4:30pm – 8:30pm, from Oncenter

Wednesday, March 23
7:00am – 10:00am, from hotels
4:30pm – 9:15pm, from Oncenter

Thursday, March 24
7:30am – 9:30am, from hotels
2:00pm – 4:45pm, from Oncenter


“It is essential for us to get out of the cellar from time to time and expand our horizons. EWE is the best and most efficient opportunity I have found to see advances in tools and technology, hear from industry experts on new tips and tricks, taste different wines, network and socialize, all in one place.”  
– Tim Benedict, Winemaker, NY

Trade Show

The exhibit hall offers the opportunity to meet with suppliers, and see the equipment and goods you need. Visit the 2022 Floor Plan to see the current list of Exhibitors.

Trade Show Hours:

Wednesday, March 23 | 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
Thursday, March 24 | 9:15 am – 2:30 pm

EWE Workshops & Conference

Featuring 38 Speakers and 35 sessions, the EWE program kicks off March 22 with full-day Workshops featuring deep dives on Fruit Wines & Mead, Fining & Filtration, and Fortified Wines.

The EWE Conference takes place over two days and will include 20 separate sessions in Enology, Viticulture and Money/Management. It takes place March 23-24. 

Sponsored by Prestige Glassware

Health & Safety

We’re all eager to get back to “normal life” and your health and safety are important to us. We will continue to monitor the Covid situation and take our guidance from the appropriate governing authorities and public health officials. As of February 10, mandates related to Coronavirus were lifted by the State of New York for Syracuse. This could change at any time and EWE policies will follow if that should happen.

For information and updates regarding the coronavirus, flu and other health-related issues, call the NY State Hotline at 888-364-3065 or visit the New York State Department of Health at www.health.ny.gov visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

A list of Covid testing sites is available at www.coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

The Eastern Expertise

Eastern Winery Exposition brings together the combined expertise and experience of Bob Mignarri, Richard Leahy, Marcia Gulino, and two knowledgeable and actively engaged advisory boards. Bob / Rhode Island / has 35+ years of successful trade show management experience and has earned a reputation among exhibitors as someone who recognizes and understands their needs and concerns. Richard / Virginia / has been writing for both consumer and trade readers on the wines of eastern North America since 1986. He has  24+ years of experience in developing quality conference programs, judging wine competitions, wine blogging, and he literally wrote the book on Virginia wine…Beyond Jefferson’s Vines. He ensures the EWE program content is always timely, relevant and addresses the industry issues that matter. Marcia / Maine / is a global events specialist whose 20+ years of operations experience runs from U.S. President town halls to professional cycling races, corporate incentive programs to FIFA World Cup soccer, trade shows & conferences to the Olympic Winter Games. Together they have a proven track record in helping industry events to grow and become more successful.

First Timer?

Are you thinking about attending EWE for the first time? Check out the article from WineSplash on our News page. Rick Fillmore provides a rundown of his experience over two days at the 2020 Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster. You can find another rundown including an in-depth look at the 2020 EWE Conference and the award presentations and honorees from Linda Jones McKee at Wine Business Monthly or on our News page.

EWE Featured Events

All of the Featured Events noted below are included with the purchase of a Workshop+Conference or EWE Two-Day Conference pass. They may also be purchased, pending availability, in conjunction with other registration passes. Visit the Registration page for all the details on passes, rates and inclusions.

Meet the Experts
Tue, March 10 – Thu, March 12  |  Atrium

Drop in and meet the EWE experts – winemakers, authors, consultants, product managers, and more. All are past or present EWE Speakers and they will be available to answer your questions. See the Meet the Experts page for the full schedule.


Welcome Wine Reception
Tue, March 22  |  6:00 – 7:30 pm  |  Gallagher Hall

As a way of facilitating education and networking, we encourage everyone in the EWE community to share their knowledge and continue to learn about what others in the East are doing. The Welcome Wine Reception is the perfect place for this as you share and taste each other’s wines from around the East.


Sponsored by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association and the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

Post Reception Networking
Tue, March 22  |  7:30 pm  |  Eleven Waters @ the Marriott

The EWE Welcome Wine Reception ends at 7:30 pm, but the comraderie, conversation and catching up rolls on at Eleven Waters. Our friends at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown are hosting live music, light snacks and drink specials. Just show your EWE badge and join the fun.

Buffet Lunch Social – SOLD OUT
Wed, March 23 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Gallagher Hall

Join fellow attendees, speakers, and industry reps for an informal, sociable buffet lunch. Not just a convenient under-one-roof lunch option, it’s an excellent opportunity to continue the conversation from the morning Conference sessions, share harvest stories, meet some new folks, and expand your network.

10th Annual EWE Industry Celebration Dinner – SOLD OUT
Wed, March 23  |  6:45 – 8:15 pm  |  Ballroom

Who’s ready to celebrate?  E V E R Y O N E!
There’s so much to raise our glasses to… an honoree from the Eastern industry (yet to be revealed), coming together after two years apart, new Eastern vintages, increasing recognition of the East, success stories despite the pandemic, and a whole decade of connecting, learning, winetasting, sharing and networking at EWE.

We’ll kick off the evening with pre-dinner Eastern wine sampling alongside fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Enjoy dinner accompanied by more Eastern wine, the EWE Lifetime Achievement award presentation, and then prepare those paddles as we roll right into the ASEV live auction.

Wine for the Industry celebration sponsored by Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

ASEV-ES Live Auction
Wed, March 23  |  8:15 pm  |  Ballroom

This lively event provides not only the opportunity for friendly bidding wars and potential bargains, but most importantly a chance to contribute to the next generation of industry talent via much-needed scholarship funding. Grab a paddle and join the fun!

Open to all EWE & LTS attendees.

ASEV-ES Silent Auction
Wed, March 23 & Thu, March 24
  |  Exhibit Hall

The Silent Auction will feature a range of items from low to high value. Place your name and bid on the items you want, then return throughout the show to ensure you’ve not been outbid. Bidding closes at noon Thursday. All proceeds support the ASEV-ES scholarship fund.

Lunch Buffet in the Trade Show
Thu, March 23  |  11:45 am – 1:15 pm  |  Exhibit Hall

This casual walk-around lunch buffet is a great way to meet with the exhibiting companies and learn more about the services and products that can help you in your business. A variety of food options will be available, compliments of the 2022 EWE Exhibiting Companies. Free to all EWE and LTS attendees.

Co-Located Event:
License to Steal Wine Marketing Conference

This is the conference where wineries, growers and ancillary entities willingly contribute and collaborate on marketing ideas, relationship building, and revenue generation. It includes the very popular ‘steal sessions’ where the best and newest marketing ideas are shared with attendees.  It takes place March 22-24 and is chaired by Donniella Winchell, Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

LTS attendees will have complete access to the EWE Exhibit Hall and various EWE Events. Visit the Registration page for the pass options and inclusions.

We look forward to seeing you in Syracuse!