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Eastern Winery Expo Draws 900+

The first Eastern Winery Exposition, a trade show for East Coast vineyards and wineries, took place March 7-8 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. For a first-time trade show in a difficult economy, the event was hailed as a success by both exhibitors and attendees. One hundred thirty-six exhibitors sold out the trade show six weeks in advance with 181 booths displayed.

“The Eastern Winery Exposition was the best wine trade show I’ve ever attended,” says exhibitor Chris Murphy of Chris’s Stuff, Inc. “The show was well attended by both winery representatives and vendors alike. Not only was the convention center venue a terrific choice, but the attached hotel was first class and superb. From the helpful Eastern Winery Expo staff to the food served at all the functions, everything was done with thought and style.” “I liked the show and felt it was well worth the time and money and plan on going again with the same size booth space,” says Mitch Long of Valley Pipe and Supply.

Show Manager Bob Mignarri, a trade show organizing professional with 30 years experience, explains he was originally hoping for at least 100 exhibitors and 500 attendees, but was pleased to see the strong response from the eastern industry and trade suppliers which sold out the trade show with 136 companies and brought 934 attendees from 22 states and three Canadian provinces, with 1,400 total attendance. Operations Manager was trade show veteran Marcia Gulino. “It was gratifying to hear that so many people who attended and exhibited at the first Eastern Winery Exposition said it met or exceeded their expectations,” says Mignarri. “My goal now is to exceed their expectations in 2013!”

Concurrent with the two day trade show were two days of seminars covering viticulture, enology, and money, management and marketing issues, designed by myself. Speakers included leading industry practitioners and researchers from across the East and Midwest, from New Hampshire to Virginia and Iowa.

“The spray workshop [with Dr. Andrew Landers and Bryan Hed] was the best of these I’ve attended. Well done; and thanks for arranging with Maryland for certification credits,” says Tom Croghan, Vineyard Manager at the Vineyard at Dodon, MD. “This was a great show with diverse and knowledgeable speakers on a wide range of topics of interest,” says Duncan Ross, President of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards in Lockport, NY.

The Eastern Winery Exposition was co-located with the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Wineries Association as well as the New Grape Grower Workshop jointly produced by Penn State Cooperative Extension and the University of Maryland Extension.

Officially sponsored by Wines & Vines magazine, the Eastern Winery Exposition also had supporting sponsorships from many vineyard and winery associations including: the Pennsylvania Winery Association, the American Wine Society, the New Hampshire Winery Association, the Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers, the Maryland Wineries Association, the Garden State Wine Growers, the Ohio Wine Producers, the New York State Wine Growers, Hudson Valley Wine Country, and the national wine marketing conference “License to Steal.” Other sponsors included Practical Winery & Vineyard journal, Wine Business Monthly and winejobs.com

The 2013 Eastern Winery Exposition will take place Wednesday-Thursday March 6-7th at the same location.  Exhibit space is being expanded to meet demand. Details are available on the show website, www.easternwineryexposition.com

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