The 2013 Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Meeting

As first reported at examiner.com, the Maryland Grape Growers Association (MGGA), together with the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sheraton Baltimore North. This is a marquee event for Maryland’s grape growers and wineries and promises a wealth of business and technical information for those with existing vineyards and/or wineries, those who are considering establishing a vineyard or winery, and home winemakers.

Speakers will include well-known industry leaders and specialists from across the mid-Atlantic region. Friday’s keynote address, “Developing a Strong Local Wine Identity”, will be given by David McIntyre, a wine columnist and co-founder of DrinkLocalWine.com. Saturday’s keynote address will feature Dr. Timothy Martinson of Cornell University speaking on the topic of “Sustainable Viticulture: Promotion and Practice”.

Attendees can register for one or both days of the meeting. To register online, visit http://www.marylandgrapes.org. Pre-register by Feb. 4 to take advantage of discounted pricing. Non-member pre-registrants only pay $105/person for the Friday workshop and $105/person for the Saturday workshop or $200/person for a two-day registration.

On-site registration will also be available throughout the event.

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and reception each day. Attendees are invited to bring some of their finest vintages to share for the lunches and evening receptions on Friday and Saturday.

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