Considering a new winery or hard cider business? Attend the Winery Development Conference

Prospective winery licensees will obtain basic information about starting a winery or hard cider business in Michigan by participating in the one-day winery development conference to be held Mar. 7, 2019.

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With winery numbers now over 140, the state’s winery industry continues to grow, as do hard cider operations, which are licensed as wineries in Michigan. To assist potential entrepreneurs in understanding the elements of a successful winery business launch, a one-day winery development conference will be held Mar. 7, 2019, in association with the Michigan State University ANR Week. The session will be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan.  

Conference sponsors, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Craft Beverage Council and Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, will provide basic information about starting a winery in Michigan. Topics include fruit suitability regions, business planning, marketing, licensing requirements, wastewater management, local zoning considerations, owner experiences and resources.

All participants in a 2017 winery development conference indicated that they would recommend the conference to others. These attendees planned action toward starting 10 wineries or hard cider operations in nine counties and investing upward of $4.6 million.

For more information, or to the register for the session,visit Winery Development Conference. The conference registration fee is $90 per person.


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