2020 Hill Country Wine Symposium


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6th Annual Hill Country Wine Symposium 2020

January 20-22, 2020     |     Horseshoe Bay Resort

The Hill Country Wine Symposium was established in 2015 by Texas Hill Country Wineries.  Symposium includes two days of seminars, lectures and panel discussions with over 25 sessions in four dedicated tracts: Vineyard, Winery, Business & Marketing.  Past speakers have included Tammy Boatright-VingDirect, Al Wagner-Clos du Val, Clark Smith-WineSmith, Don Brady-Robert Hall Winery, Gary Finnan-GFC|Evoke, Doug Beckett-Peachy Canyon Winery, Christophe Hedges-Hedges Family Estate, Dr Andrew Landers-Cornell University, Sandra Hess-DTC Wine Workshops, Dr Gregory Jones-Linfield College, Michael Wangbickler-Balzac Communications and many more.

Symposium also includes an intimate trade show for the opportunity to connect with your vendors and discover new suppliers.  With a small ratio of exhibitors to attendees, there is ample time and space to visit each booth.  Attendees are able to enjoy the 2 hour networking reception, sharing wines from across Texas and enjoying local cocktails and beer at the end of the first day.

Special presentations during the two lunch breaks include a State of the Texas Wine Industry: Presidents Panel and the Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Awards Presentation.  The Presidents Panel will host presidents from Texas Hill Country Wineries, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and High Plains Winegrowers Association with updates on each association initiatives and collaborations.  To date, over $25K in scholarships have been awarded to students across Texas working towards a wine industry related field.

The Grape Exchange event has been a priority during the Symposium from the beginning even though the format has changed over the years.  The goal of this tasting event is to connect Growers who have available fruit or Wineries/Crush Operations who have available Texas bulk wine with wineries in need. Two separate Grape Exchange sessions will includes one for available fruit and one for available bulk Texas wine this year in a “live-classifieds” setting.

We hope you’ll join us in 2020!


EMAIL US if you are interested in becoming an Exhibitor, Sponsor or Grape Exchange participant.



Pre-Symposium Events: Monday, January 20

8am – 2020 Golf Tournament: Details and Registration HERE

12pm – Exhibitor Setup & Registration Open

4pm – 6pm – THCW Annual Owners & General Membership Meeting (THCW Members ONLY)

NOTE: Sessions are subject to change time/day slots.  Session details coming soon!


Tuesday, January 21

9am Welcome

THCW Board of Directors (Main Ballroom)

 9:30-10:30 Winemaker Panel & Tasting: Viognier in Texas Sponsored by Ag Texas (Main Ballroom)
10:30-11 Exhibitor Break
11-12pm MARKETING: Photography – Dayna De Hoyos BUSINESS: Bitter? How to better understand your insurance coverage to avoid future heartache – Ashley Hunter, HM Risk Management.Have you ever wondered what happens when a patron enjoys your wine a bit too much? Or what’s being said in those 100+ pages you receive annually from your insurer? Then look no further, our panel of insurance professionals will walk you through the cheers and tears of the wonderful world of insurance. VINEYARD: The Vineyard Farm Labor Drought: Using the H-2A Program to Solve Your Workplace Woes – Sabrina Houser, The Bracero Group.
There is a need to provide winery and vineyard owners with the legal alternatives to utilize non-immigrants for agriculture labor.
As a former winery and vineyard owner, sourcing and hiring reliable and professional agricultural laborers is an all too common problem. This labor sufficiency and reliability is especially compounded in rural areas. The H2-A program is a legal way to obtain agricultural labor for seasonal/peak vineyard operations, often times stabilizing production output and providing peace of mind. This presentation will highlight the differences between H-2A and H-2B programs, the pros and cons for employers, and how the process works between three key agencies – TWC, DOL and USCIS.
12-1:30 LUNCH: Sponsored by Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

State of the Texas Wine Industry: Association Presidents Panel – Jennifer McInnis & David Kuhlken/Texas Hill Country Wineries, Bree Nelson/High Plains Winegrowers, Paul Bonarrigo/Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (Main Ballroom)

1:30-2:30 MARKETING: Public Relations – Denise Clarke, DC Communications WINERY: Practical Winemaking for Dummies – Michael McClendon GRAPE EXCHANGE: Available Fruit

– Bingham Family Vineyards

2:30-3 Exhibitor Break
3-4 MARKETING: Restaurant Panel – Moderator: Adam Ehmer/RNDC. Panel: Scott Ota/High Street, Fabien Jacob/HEB WINERY: Barrel Repair Techniques & Tasting – Michael Peters, TN Coopers VINEYARD: Auxinic Herbicides and Their Effect on Grapevines – Jim Kamas & Brianna Crowley, A&M AgriLife.

While auxinic herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba provide grain growers and ranchers with an inexpensive tool to manage broad-leafed weeds, the off-target movement of these chemicals has been the bane of grape growers for decades.  Because these chemicals have been so harmful to Texas grape growers, the A&M viticulture team conducted applied research to document vine response over time and to collect data on commercial vineyard exposure.  This presentation will review the history and development of this class of chemistry, how these products affect grapevines and how they degrade in plants and soils.  In the second part of this presentation, the results of 2019 applied research and vineyard exposure incidence will be presented with a discussion on how the industry needs to proceed.

4-4:30 Exhibitor Break
4:30-5:30 WINERY: Canned Wine – Andrew Thompson, Saxco BUSINESS: Wine Legacies: Understanding Stewardship of The Family Farm and/or Winery …and what do do when the vision isn’t exactly clear – Nicholas Karavidas, Consulting Wine.
Managing the day-to-day farm or winery/beverage business has challenges enough on its own. Add the variable of Family Business relationships and the thought of ‘succession’ can convert the ‘simple’ to ‘complicated’ in short order.Nicholas Karavidas is a veteran California winemaker/brand developer with over three decades of managing family owned vineyard and wine businesses, attributing his success to the ‘purposeful management of family member relationships’.Nicholas will the lay a short foundation for the economic impact of family business on the US and local economies and walk his audience through a step by step strategic solution for those who wish to encourage a generational transfer of a family farm or wine/beverage business.  Whether just beginning to contemplate a generational transfer, currently working through a generational transition or are unclear of whether operational succession is possible, Nicholas will answer questions and help guide the audience to the tools and resources for each particular situation.
VINEYARD: Crop Estimation – Ed Hellman, Texas Tech University
6-7:30 6th Annual Symposium Reception

(Palm Pavilion)

Sponsored by Texas Department of Agriculture

Cocktails provided by Azeo Distillery

Beer provided by Vista Brewing


Wednesday, January 22

8:30am Registration & Exhibitors Open
9-10 VINEYARD/WINERY: Winemaker – Grower Panel

Moderator: Jim Kamas, Panel: David Kuhlken, Anthony Ferguson, Chris Brundrett, Andy Timmons

MARKETING: Working with Bloggers & Influencers – Matt McGinnis, Pen & Tell Us BUSINESS: Music Licensing: What You Need to Know – Tara Good, WineAmerica.

The in’s and out’s of music licensing. What you need to know to protect your business. How WineAmerica is working on this issue on Capitol Hill.

10-10:30 Exhibitor Break
10:30-11:30 VINEYARD: Soil Types in Texas – Travis Conley, Brennan Vineyards WINERY: RS In Wines – Maureen Qualia, Texas Tech University MARKETING: AVA Development – Doug Cover, Petaluma Gap Winery Association
11:30-1 LUNCH

Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Awards Presentation

(Main Ballroom)

1-2 BUSINESS: Law Session – Rebecca Smith, Smith Law Firm VINEYARD: Tater Tots and Jelly – Daniel Pate, Apical Texas

Mechanical leafing? Applying more fertilizer? Rogue vines? Rip out the block? Tater tots and jelly have the answers.


Available Texas Bulk Wine

– Bingham Family Vineyards


2-2:30 Exhibitor Break
2:30-3:30 BUSINESS: Inventory Control – Livia Schorlemer, Pedernales Cellars MARKETING: Off-290 Panel – Amanda Koraska/Flat Creek Estate, Jennifer McInnis/Bending Branch Winery & Roxanne Myers/Lost Oak Winery & Karen DeBerry/Torr Na Lochs Vinyard & Winery  WINERY: Bubbles
3:30-4 Exhibitor Break (End of Exhibitor Show)
4-5 Winemaker Panel & Tasting -Bordeaux in Texas

Sponsored by Frost Bank

(Main Ballroom)


– If you are interested in a table at the 2020 Grape Exchange, please EMAIL US –




Registration includes:

  • Two days of seminars, lectures and panel discussions including tasting sessions
  • 6th Annual Reception on Tuesday evening
  • Lunch both days
  • Trade show
  • Access to all presentations to be emailed after event

Registration (September 16 – December 19)

THCW Member 2 day, $200          THCW Member 1 day, $150

Non-Member 2 day, $300              Non-Member 1 day, $250


Late (December 20 – January 20)

THCW Member 2 day, $250          THCW Member 1 day, $200

Non-Member 2 day, $350              Non-Member 1 day, $300

*Students, Educators, Media – contact us HERE for registration



LODGING – Horseshoe Bay Resort

There are TWO ways to make a reservation: calling the Reservations Call Center at (877) 611-0112 or going to this LINK.

THCW Hill Country Wine Symposium rate is available through December 10, 2020 – BOOK EARLY!



TDA Uncork Texas Wines           Texas Wine & Grape Growers
AgTexas Logo


Producer Supply Co

BriteIdea Marketing Group

Peary Photography


– If you are interested in becoming a 2020 sponsor, EMAIL US –



– Agroland Equipment & Supplies

– Allied Ag

– Boulder Designs- Hill Country

– BSG Wine

– C&C Sales & Marketing

– Carlsen & Associates

– Dan Humphries Sales Co

– Flextank

– Fortis Solutions Group

– G3 Enterprises

– Hotsy Carlson Equipment Co

– JSC Agricultural Supply

– Nadalie USA

– Novavine

– O-I Packaging

– Producer Supply Co

– Sunridge Nurseries

– TDA Uncork Texas Wines

– Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

– The Bracero Group

– The Vintner Vault

– Tonnellerie de Mercurey USA

– William Chris Vineyards

– WinStar Insurance Group

– If you are interested in becoming a 2020 exhibitor, EMAIL US –


Additional information

Ticket Type

Early Bird Member 2-day, Early Bird Member 1-day, Early Bird Non-Member 2-day, Early Bird Non-Member 1-day, Member 2-day, Member 1-day, Non-Member 2-day, Non-Member 1-day, Late Member 2-day, Late Member 1-day, Late Non-Member 2-day, Late Non-Member 1 day