Grape Symposium Highlights All Facets of Sparking Wine Production

Grape Symposium Highlights All Facets of Sparking Wine Production

Both aspiring and veteran winemakers and grape growers looking to capture growth in a bottle can learn from the experts at B.E.V. NY [Business. Enology. Viticulture.], Cornell Extension’s 5th annual symposium for the grape and wine industry in New York.


Now in its fifth year, B.E.V. NY provides regional industry members with research updates from experts in viticulture, enology, and the business of wine. This year’s symposium will be held Feb. 28-March 2 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Conference Center in Henrietta.

In 2018, all three days of B.E.V. NY will include sessions focused on the production and sales of sparkling wines, kicking off with a discussion of marketing and pertinent federal standards and regulations on business day (Feb. 28). Belinda Kemp, Senior Oenologist at Brock University will share her experience in sparkling wine production in the United Kingdom and Canada when she presents a “world vs. New York” technical session and tasting on Enology day (March 1) and a discussion of grape growing for sparkling winemaking on Viticulture day (March 2).

The business program will also include social media marketing tips and a panel presentation by New York wineries that have recently redesigned their labels.

On Enology day, Extension specialist Chris Gerling and microbiologist Randy Worobo will bring winemakers up to date on the new winery reporting and sanitation requirements under the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

The viticulture program will also feature Imed Dami, professor of viticulture from the Ohio State University, who will present his work on abscisic acid (ABA) applications and their effect on winter hardiness and fruit quality in eastern vineyards. IPM, disease management, and crop estimation are other highlights of the viticulture program.

A trade show of regional vendors will be held all three days, and students from some of the regional viticulture and wine-related academic programs will once again introduce program speakers.

Registration and trade show information is available at