Winery Development Conference 2019

March 7, 2019 10:00AM - 3:30PM

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Contact: Thomas Todaro , Joanne Davidhizar

(Pre-registration by March 1, 2019 is required.) 

Fee: $90 per person. Includes refreshments, and multi-ethnic lunch at the Brody Cafeteria located across the street. (Dress for the walking!) Cancellations received on or after Feb. 8 will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

This conference is targeted to individuals who are considering starting a winery or hard cider business with topics relating to industry trends, fruit-growing regions, business planning, regulatory considerations, available resources and owner experiences.

10 - 10:05 a.m.

Welcome: Joanne Davidhizar, MSU Extension and Product Center

10:05 - 11 a.m.

Michigan’s fruit-growing Regions - Find out why and how Michigan is well-suited to growing different grapes and fruit. Ron Perry, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture and Thomas Todaro, MSU Extension 

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Business Planning – Cost and finance considerations for starting a small Michigan winery or hard cider operation. Cristin Hosmer, Owner, AlcheMae, Wine and Craft Beverage Consulting 

Licensing requirements for Michigan wineries – The process for obtaining a winery license is reviewed.  David Marvin, Deputy Director of Licensing Division, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Brody Cafeteria-across Harrison Street)

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.

Winery owner panel: What did we do right? What would I advise a start-up? Cristin Hosmer, 1855 Project, others, TBD 

1:50 - 2:05 p.m. 

Getting your wines to your customers - Karel Bush, Executive Director, Michigan Craft Beverage Council

Direct-to-consumer sales, self-distribution and using wholesalers.  

2:05 - 2:45 p.m.

Local Zoning Requirements – Harmony Gmazel, Government & Public Policy Educator, MSU Extension

Important local land use considerations prospective winery owners should know.  

2:45 - 3:05 p.m.

Winery Wastewater Management - Mitch Reed, Environmental Engineer, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Overview of the DEQ requirements, flow chart, and guidance document for a winery wastewater system.  

3:05 - 3:20 p.m.

Resources – Thomas Todaro and Joanne Davidhizar, Extension Educators, MSU Extension

3:20 - 3:30 p.m.

Wrap-up and evaluation 

Sponsored by the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, and Michigan State University.


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