2016 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference

2013 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference logo

February 24-26, 2016

Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

Join more than 200 members of Michigan's wine industry for this annual conference, featuring educational sessions on grape and wine production, business management, sales and marketing.

Make your hotel reservations now!
We have filled our original room block, and the Radisson Plaza Hotel has provided an extra block of only 10 rooms until Friday, February 5th at the conference the reduced rate of $125 per night, plus tax. Reserve online at www.radissonkz.com, enter promotional code MGWI; or by phone at 800-967-9033, and reference the Michigan Grape and Wine Conference. Please note that we have already exceeded our room block, so once these 10 rooms are gone, regular hotel rates will be in effect.

Additional Hotels
If you are unable to reserve a room at the Kalamazoo Radisson, the following three hotels are closest. We are not holding a room block at any of these locations, so the rates will be subject to their availability.

Comfort Inn
739 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49077
Rated a two-star hotel and within 10 minute walk of the Kalamazoo Radisson

Holiday Inn
2747 S. Eleventh Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Rated a three-star hotel; offers shuttle service within five miles based on availability.

Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast
447 West South Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Upscale bed and breakfast within a 10 minute walk of the Kalamazoo Radisson

Conference Agenda and Fees

2016 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities (PDF)

2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Key Speakers

Larry Bell
Bell's Brewery

Kalamazoo "entreprenuer-extraordinaire" Larry Bell will share his insights on entrepreneurship and sustainability that have contributed to the phenomenal growth of his company, Bell's Brewery.

Larry's business was incorporated in 1983 as the Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., a home-brewing supply shop. In 1985, with a quest for better beer and a 15-gallon soup kettle, the company began to sell its own beer, producing 135 barrels in its first year. Larry and his staff of 9 employees bottled and delivered all of the beer to market for the company's first four years. By 1989, Bell's was shipping more than 500 barrels annually and assigned its first wholesaler to further establish itself across the state of Michigan. In 1993, Bell's became the first Michigan brewery to open an onsite pub.

The Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed their name to Bell's Brewery, Inc. in 2005, reflecting the name by which most people refer to the brewery. Bell's brewery operations currently employ more than 400 people over a 22-state area.

Craig Root
Consultant, Craig Root & Associates

Craig has over 30 years experience working with tasting rooms: first, as a staff member and successful manager, then 18 years as a consultant. As a consultant, he has helped create more than 85 tasting rooms and 150 wine clubs all over the U.S. He has analyzed dozens of operations, and still works one day per month in a busy tasting room in order to stay in touch with the public and the work. He is the only person who teaches Tasting Room Design and Management at UC Davis. Visit www.craigroot.com for more information.

Michael Moyer
Director of Enology and Viticulture, Lake Michigan College

Michael Moyer has 15 years of commercial winemaking experience, and holds a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. He comes to Michigan most recently from Figgins Family Wine Estates in Walla Walla Washington. Prior to that, Moyer worked as Instructor of Wine Science and Winemaker for College Cellars of Walla Walla. He has gained additional industry experience in Amador, Napa and Sonoma counties, as well as the Willamette Valley.

Cris Lemay
Graver Technologies

Cris Lemay is the Product and Applications Manager for Graver Technologies Liquid Filtration group in Glasgow, DE. With an undergraduate degree in biology and graduate work in microbiology and protein chemistry, he has 30 years working in the microfiltration industry in laboratory, product management and sales positions for several leading filtration companies. Current focus is on microfiltration cartridge applications in food and beverage, healthcare and microelectronics markets.

Dr. Ron Perry
Professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Dr. Perry grew up in a fruit orchard operation in the Santa Clara Valley of California and received his BS in Fruit Science at Cal Poly and a Masters and PhD in Horticulture at Texas A&M. His work began at MSU in 1980 where he focused on rootstocks, soils and high density systems for tree fruit. He served on the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council during his 7 year tenure as Chairperson of the Department of Horticulture at MSU. His current research and extension responsibilities are in Orchard and Vineyard Technology. He also serves as an advisor on the USDA sponsored Northern Grapes Project. He serves and has served as a judge in wine competitions in the region. He also served as Chairperson of the Department of Horticulture from 2000-2007.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors...

Dinner and Keynote Speaker Sponsor

Maxi Container logo


Reserve Sponsors

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The Grapevine Magazine logo


Vintage Sponsors

5 Lakes Energy logo


GreenStone Farm Credit Services logo





Conference Planning Committee:

Brad Baughman, Michigan State University
Dean Bender, Lawton Ridge Winery
Joanne Davidhizar, Michigan State University
Lorri Hathaway, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
Brian Lillie, Chateau Chantal
Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Winery
Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, Michigan State University
Robin Usborne, East of Eden Vineyards

Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council Staff:
Linda Jones, Karel Bush, Sherri Goodreau, Jenelle Jagmin

Event Planning Service Provider:
Diane Drago, Diversified Management Services