Wineries Unlimited trade show will relocate from Pennsylvania to Richmond, Virginia in 2011. This prestigious event is the second largest vineyard and winery trade show in North America. Organizers estimate that the 2011 event will bring over 2,000 visitors and $1.5 million in revenue to Virginia drawing attendees from 30 states as well as Washington, D.C. and four Canadian provinces.
Annette Boyd, marketing office director of the Virginia Wine Board, said the move will create new opportunities for Virginia wineries: “Our growers and producers will have better access to the information provided by Wineries Unlimited, and the event will help showcase their wines to colleagues from other states.”
Governor McDonnell commented on the decision saying, “We are thrilled that Wineries Unlimited has decided to move to Virginia. Virginia wines have seen their standing in the domestic and global marketplaces grow in recent years and having Wineries Unlimited in Virginia will help us as we continue our efforts to promote Virginia wines both here and abroad.”
“The outpouring of enthusiasm and excitement we’ve received in the State of Virginia â€” from the wine industry up to the governor â€” has been tremendous,” said Robert Merletti, publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, and president of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. “Virginia vintners are eager to learn the latest wine growing techniques as well as establish beneficial vendor relations.”
“The needs of Wineries Unlimited will be well served in Richmond,” said Ann Heidig, president of the Virginia Wineries Association. “Governor Bob McDonnell is very supportive of the Virginia wine industry as well as state agriculture and tourism.”
More information about the Wineries Unlimited trade show and conference can be found here: http://wineriesunlimited.vwm-online.com/index.asp