Welcome to the 8th annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine symposium.

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

  • 7:30 AM

    Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM


    Dr. David Shockley | President, Surry Community College

  • 8:30 AM

    Beyond Brix: Recognizing Real Ripeness

    Keynote Speaker: Emily Pelton | Head Winemaker, Veritas Vineyards


  • 10:30 AM

    Vendor Break

  • 11:00 AM

    Hitting Your Harvest Target, factors that effect ripening and flavor

    Justin Scheiner | Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


    Nadalie Sponsored: Using Oak Effectively in the Vintage

    Mark Evich | Regional Sales Manager, Nadalie Cooperage


    Efficent Branding for Wine Quality

    Andrew Meggitt | Executive Winemaker, St. James Winery, MO


  • 12:15 PM

    NC Wine Lunch

  • 1:15 PM

    Scott Labs Sponsored: Berry Sensory for Winemaking Style and Quality

    Michael Jones | Fermentation Specialist


    Grape Expectations: Crop Marketing Attributes other than Brix

    Aaron Debeers | Vinoptic, Vineyard Manager


    Communicating on How to Sell Sub-Par Wines

    David Bower | Enology Instructor, Surry Community College



  • 2:30 PM

    Vendor Break

  • 3:00 PM

    Research Impact on Ripeness

    Mark Hoffmann | Assistant Professor and the Small Fruits Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU)


    Utilizing Dissolved Oxygen in the Vintage

    Megan Hereford | Sales Representative & Michael Jones | Fermentation Specialist


    Training Your Tasting Room Staff to Talk About Your Production Process

    Sarah Bowman | Viticulture Instructor, Surry Community College


  • 4:15 PM

    Networking Session

  • 5:00 PM

    Grand Wine Tasting

    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Grand Wine Tasting is open to the public for a non-conference rate of $30. The entire conference registration is $135 and includes the Grand Wine Tasting. Participants can register for the entire Symposium - or - only the Grand Wine Tasting.