If there’s one place for the wine and grape industry to gather and start off the year, it’s in Sacramento at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. This year was no exception, despite the recent disasters in the area that could have affected attendance for those driving in for the day. The expansive 170,000 square foot trade show had great energy; Gina Gallo’s speech warmed our hearts; and the program sessions inspired, informed and helped all of us discover new ways of doing our jobs – in the vineyard, and offices, labs and wineries – a little better. Check out some of the photos from this year’s event here.
The coordination required to accommodate thousands of people in three days is no small feat, but thanks to the Unified committees and the two co-organizers, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, for making it all look seamless. The Unified’s success is also made possible through the generous support of its sponsors. The Unified draws on the input from some of the sharpest minds in the wine business who volunteer their time in the months leading up to the annual event. If you have suggestions or ideas on how to make the 2019 Unified Symposium better, we’d love to hear from you.
See you at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on January 29-31, 2019, at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Audio recordings of all the sessions presented at the 24th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium are available for purchase now. Download your order form here. Current and past audio recordings for Unified sessions are available for purchase by clicking here.
The Unified Symposium Management Committee continually strives to make each Unified Symposium meet the industry’s changing needs. This is often done through feedback on our online post-conference survey. Your input only takes a few minutes of your time and helps to shape future events. We use your input when planning our sessions, so if there’s something you’d like to see done differently, let us know what, where and how we can improve your Unified experience.
Following the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the city of Sacramento will begin a large-scale remodel of the Sacramento Convention Center. The remodel will significantly update the facility and provide much needed improvements, offering us a truly state-of-the-art facility for future Unified Symposiums. However, this means that we have to temporarily move to a new venue for the 2020 Unified Symposium.
The Unified’s leadership reviewed several options in anticipation of this move and is pleased to announce that the 2020 Unified Symposium will take place at Sacramento’s Cal Expo (site of the State Fair) on February 4-6, 2020, where organizers say the ample space, parking and facilities offer an ideal alternative site.
“Cal Expo as a premier agricultural showcase is excited to host the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in 2020,” says Rick Pickering, CEO and General Manager of Cal Expo and State Fair. “We look forward to working with Unified to make the transition extremely smooth and the 2020 show a huge success.”
Organizers share the optimism and are confident that while the 2020 show will have a slightly different feel, the quality of exhibits, presentations and networking opportunities will again deliver an invaluable service to all of our guests and the industry.
We’re excited to see the newly renovated center and plan to return to the Sacramento Convention Center in 2021.
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