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2023 Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium

Thursday, November 09, 2023

09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Shelton–Badgett NC Center for Viticulture and Enology

Surry Community College, South Main Street, Dobson, NC, USA

The Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium was created to address the needs of the Grape and Wine Industry in the Southeastern United States. Surry Community College provides hands-on, technical educational programs in the Southeast. The Symposium is a direct result of our mission. 

Talks and Speakers:


Wine Marketing and Brand Development Focus | Keynote

  • Dr. Kathy Kelley | Pennsylvania State University

Using Emotion to Engage and Build a Connection with your Customers

Learn how to use emotion to enhance your customer relationship and improve brand commitment. Attendees will discover ways that positive feelings toward a brand can significantly impact consumer loyalty more than other factors based on a brand's attributes.


Wine Marketing and Brand Development Focus

  • Dr. Natalia Velikova | Texas Tech

Cultivating Connections: The Triad of Success in Wine Marketing

Join us for an engaging conversation as we delve into strategies that build brand awareness, help you craft compelling stories, and enhance visitor education on your wines.


Marketing / Business | Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion planning & strategy into your business, brand, and events 

  • Sharon Fenchak, Biltmore Estate Winery
  • Crista Guebert, Golden Road Vineyards
  • Micah Habershaw, RayLen Vineyards


Viticulture & Enology | Petit Manseng Optimal Ripeness and Style 

  • Caitlin Horton - Horton Vineyards, VA
  • Lee Hartman - Bluestone Vineyard, VA
  • Cory Lillberg, Parker-Binns Vineyard, NC


Business & Marketing | Tasting Room KPIs ≠ Key Performance Indicators, KPIs = Keeping people informed, involved, interested, and inspired 

  • Jennie Hess, Shelton Vineyards
  • Carrie Brown, JOLO Winery / Levi Banks, JOLO
  • David Bower, Surry Community College


Networking Returns!

Network with your fellow wine industry members after the vendor floor closes in the SCC cellar while exploring new varietals and styles of wine that we are trialing here at the Shelton-Badgett Center.


The Grand Wine Tasting - The Heart of the Symposium!

Wineries from all around the Southeast gather in the grand hall to pour for attendees. Food is catered to pair perfectly with the array of wines present, this is an event you can't miss!

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