Roots & Research

New Mexico Wine Education Conference

Santa Fe, NM

February 26 - 28, 2023

Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa

About the conference

We invite you to join us for the 41st Annual New Mexico Wine Education Conference, Feb 26-28, at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa. This year’s conference will focus on the fundamental issues that influence grape growers and winemakers across the American Southwest. We have invited guest speakers and winemakers from Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Washington State to share their perspectives and expertise. As always there will be plenty of opportunities to network with fellow winemakers and reconnect with industry suppliers.

Registration includes access to all sessions, a welcome reception on Sunday evening at Hervè Wine Bar, 1 ticket to the Winter Wine Tasting on Monday, daily breakfast, and a lunch reception on Monday. Early registration secures your participation in the Winter Wine Tasting at the Santa Fe Farmers Market building, a sample and sales event designed for the media, local wine buyers, and the public.



The industry's Top leaders

Dr. Gill Giese

New Mexico State University

Mark Chien

Oregon State University

Seth Gardenswartz

Blackgarden Law

Kristelle Siarza

Siarza Social Digital

Eglantine Chauffour

Bucher Vaslin North America

Ed Rice

Affinity Creative

Derek Groff

Moss Adams LLP

Luke Holcombe

Scott Labs

Steven Harrison

Vino Shippers

Brad Mayer

Precept Wine

John Giannini


Josh King


Main Location

Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center

4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW,  

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Campo at Los Poblanos

4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW,

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Casa Rondena Winery

733 Chavez Rd,  

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Conference Schedule

Note: Schedule subject to change

Monday, March 14th
At Los Rancho de Albuquerque Agri-Nature Center

8:00 A - 9:00 A

Registration and Vendor Setup

Sunrise Catered Breakfast

9:00 A - 9:25 A

Welcome & Introductions

Vendor & Guest Introductions

9:20 A - 10:20 A

2022 State of the Industry

New Mexico Wine Board & Staff




10:30 A - 11:00 A

Marketing & Sell Your Wine

Observations from the Wine Road

Michael Dominguez

Michael Dominguez Consulting

Know Your Grapes

Vineyards & Climate Change

Dr. William Giese – New Mexico State University

11:00 A - 12:00 P

Make Great Wine

Main New Mexico Wine Challenges & Solutions

Eglantine Chauffour – Bucher Vaselin NA

Protecting Your Grapes

Beauty with Benefits: Naturescaping Washington Vineyards for Biological Control and Biodiversity

Dr. David James (Zoom) – Washington State University

12:00 P - 1:30 P

Lunch on your own + Zen Pruning Workshop

1:30 P - 2:30 P

Fix Your Wine

New Mexico Wine MiniLab

SO2 – YAN – pH

Malic:Tartaric – Glucose:Fructose

Cyril T. – Eglantine C. – Sean S. – Carrie G.

Yeast Sensory Trial

Chambourcin non-Saccharomyces

Dr William Giese

NMSU Extensions – University of Arkansas

(Participation by RSVP – 15 spots available)

2:30 P - 3:00 P

Fix Your Wine

New Mexico Wine MiniLab

SO2 – YAN – pH

Malic:Tartaric – Glucose:Fructose

Cyril T. – Eglantine C. – Sean S. – Carrie G.

Post Sensory Round Table

BioProtection using Non-Saccaromyces Yeast

Matt Ridge


3:00 P - 3:30 P

Staff Your Winery

A Pipeline for Employees: The Future of Wine Education

Victoria Martinez – CNM Program Update

3:30 P - 4:00 P

Food & Wine Pairing Workshop

Ann Stecker & Damien Lucero

Sheehan Family Winery – M’Tucci’s Restaurants

4:00 P - 6:00 P

Brewer-Distiller-Winemaker Salon

Panel Discussion & Tasting Event

505 Spirits – Marble Brewery – La Reforma – Steelbender & more

Tuesday, March 15th
At Los Rancho de Albuquerque Agri-Nature Center

8:00 A - 9:00 A


Local Roasted Coffee / Pastry & Bagel Selection

9:00 A - 9:50 A

New Mexico Wine Business Meeting (Winegrower Members Only)

New Mexico Wine 5 Year Plan + New Grant Programs

10:00 A - 10:50 A

New Mexico's Water Issues Roundtable

Wayne G. Canon, Dr. William Giese – TBD


11:00 A - 11:50 A

Buying & Selling Grapes Panel

Paolo D’Andrea – Jasper Riddle – Robert Jaramillo – Richard Piedmonte

12:00 P - 2:00 P

Lunch Reception

Casa Rondena Winery 1629 Club House or Campo at Los Poblanos


Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center

– Vendor Round Tables –

Casa Rondena Winery

 – Planning/Planting/Harvesting –

2:00 P - 2:30 P

Introduction To Winemaking

Sean Sheehan

Sheehan Winery

Planting Your Vineyard

Dr. William Giese


2:30 P - 3:00 P

Building Structure & Mouthfeel In Wine

Matt Ridge


Planting Your Vineyard

Richard Piedmonte & Jasper Riddle

Noisy Water Winery

3:00 P - 3:30 P

Vendor Talk


Harvesting Your Grapes


Courtyard by Marriott at NMSU

 Run by NMSU students in the HRTM program, this hotel has a great vibe. Rooms and common spaces are modern and pristine. It has a cool lobby bar and outdoor fireplace. It’s in close proximity to Old Mesilla as well as all meeting and event locations.
(575) 526-1722 


If you have any questions about the conference, please email us directly or give us a call.

Chris Goblet – [email protected]

Chelsea Canon – [email protected]