2024 Wine Conference

The New Mexico Wine Conference is one of the essential programs produced by New Mexico Wine to support the development and continued education of our member wine makers and vineyard managers. We bring thought leaders, material experts, and university extension agents with specialties in wine production and vineyard health to share their knowledge and research. The conference is an excellent learning opportunity for both the novice and experienced, offering courses in enology, viticulture and the business of running a successful winery. 

The conference is open to New Mexico Wine members, amateur winemakers, registered students and anyone interested in starting a career in grape growing or wine production. We partner with local institutions (CNM and NMSU) as well as nationally recognized universities specializing in grape research and wine education. Attending the New Mexico Wine education conference is highly recommended for anyone interested in applying for the Vineyard Restoration Fund. For more information, reach out to our staff: [email protected]

Agenda

Sunday, Feb 25
9:00AM – 3:30PMSki, Soak, Shop & Sip around Santa Fe
4:30PM – 6:00PMWelcome Happy Hour @ Eldorado Hotel
 Monday, Feb 26
7:30AM – 8:45AM REGISTRATION & VENDOR SETUP
8:00AM – 8:45AMBreakfast & Welcome Remarks
Industry Suppliers & Guest Introductions
9:00AM – 9:50AMBuilding The Oregon Wine Brand
Jason Lett – Sarah Cabot – Greg Jones – Evan Martin
TRACKENOLOGYVITICULTURE
10:00AM – 10:50AM Eglantine Chauffour
Bucher Vaslin
Topic TBD
Performance of Refosco and Gewurztraminer on Nine Rootstocks in the Four Corners Region
Dr. Gill Giese – Arkansas State University
Dr. Kevin Lombard – New Mexico State University
11:00AM – 11:50AM Low or No-Sulfite Winemaking
Sarah Cabot – Battle Creek Cellars 
Climate Change in the Vineyard
Dr. Greg Jones – Abacela Winery
12:00PM – 1:00PMCATERED LUNCH
1:00PM – 1:50PMCrafting Aromatic White & Rosé Wine
Jayme Henderson & Steven Steese – The Storm Cellar
Economics of No-till Viticulture
Jason Lett – Eyrie Vineyards
2:00PM – 2:30PM  TRADE SHOW & EXHIBITS
2:30PM – 4:00PMEthereal Wines: Achieving balance, length and texture
Evan Martin – Martin Woods Winery
Viticulture Roundtable 1
Vineyard Labor + Virus mapping/testing
Vine Fund 2.0 + Other topics TBD
5:00PM – 6:30PMWINTER WINE TASTING
 Tuesday, Feb 27
8:00AM – 9:00AMREGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
9:00AM – 9:50AMNew Mexico Wine Annual Meeting
Tasting Room Update – Festivals – Annual Report
10:00AM – 10:50AMVolatile Acidity
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Tim Donahue – Horse Thief Wine Consulting
Sourcing Healthy Vines
Kevin Judkins – Inland Desert 
11:00AM – 11:30PMSPICA Analysis & Application at NMSU 
Michael Overholt – Admeo
Irrigation Strategies
Dr. Alec Levin – Oregon State University 
11:30AM – 12:00PMMicro Session  
TBD
12:00PM – 1:00PMCATERED LUNCH
1:00PM – 1:50PMIs my wine at risk for microbial spoilage?
Richard DeScenzo – ETS Laboratories
The Vineyard Labor Drought: Making Labor Stability and Reliability a Reality
Sabrina Houser Amaya – The Bracero Group
2:00PM – 2:30PMTRADE SHOW & EXHIBITS
2:30PM – 4:00PMSparkling Wine 101
Principles, Practices and Methods

Tim Donahue – Horse Thief Wine Consulting
Viticulture Roundtable #2
Dr. Alec Levin – Oregon State University
Kevin Judkins – Inland Desert
Bernd Maier – Amaro Winery
4:00PMCONFERENCE ADJOURNS