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 (Main Ballroom)|
|11-12pm||MARKETING: Photography/Dayna De Hoyos||BUSINESS: Bitter? How to better understand your insurance coverage to avoid future heartache – Ashley Hunter, HM Risk Managment||VINEYARD: The Vineyard Farm Labor Drought: Using the H-2A Program to Solve Your Workplace Woes – Sabrina Houser, The Bracero Group|
|12-1:30||Lunch (Main Ballroom)
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
|1:30-2:30||MARKETING: PR – Denise Clarke, DC Communications||WINERY: Barrel Repair Techniques & Tasting – Michael Peters, TN Coopers||GRAPE EXCHANGE: Available Fruit|
|3-4||MARKETING: Restaurant Panel/Scott Ota, Fabien Jacob & Adam Ehmer||BUSINESS: Music Licensing – Tara Good, WineAmerica||VINEYARD: Auxinic Herbicides and Their Effect on Grapevines – Jim Kamas & Brianna Hoge, A&M AgriLife|
|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||VINEYARD: Crop Estimation – Ed Hellman, Texas Tech University|
|6-7:30||6th Annual Symposium Reception (Palm Pavilion|
Wednesday, January 22
|8:30am||Registration & Exhibitors Open|
Available Texas Bulk Wine
|MARKETING: Working with Bloggers & Influencers – Matt McGinnis, Pen & Tell Us||WINERY: Practical Winemaking for Dummies – Michael McClendon|
|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 (Main Ballroom)
Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Awards Presentation
|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.
|MARKETING: Off-290 Panel – Amanda Koraska, Flat Creek Estate & Jennifer McInnis, Bending Branch Winery|
|2:30-3:30||BUSINESS: Inventory Control – Livia Schorlemer, Pedernales Cellars||Session 2||Session 3|
|3:30-4||Exhibitor Break (End of Exhibitor Show)|
|4-5||Winemaker Panel & Tasting -Bordeaux in Texas (Main Ballroom)|
– If you are interested in a table at the 2020 Grape Exchange, please EMAIL US –
- 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!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
– If you are interested in becoming a 2020 sponsor, EMAIL US –
– Agroland Equipment & Supplies
– Allied Ag
– BSG Wine
– Dan Humphries Sales Co
– JSC Agricultural Supply
– Producer Supply Co
– Sunridge Nurseries
– TDA Uncork Texas Wines
– Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association
– The Bracero Group
– WinStar Insurance Group
– If you are interested in becoming a 2020 exhibitor, EMAIL US –