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Coming August, 2013


Programme Highlights

Tuesday 11

The Riesling Experience Day 1 (optional)

Three keynote speakers will discuss Ageability of Riesling; the Experience of Riesling; and Riesling in the World Market. A Riesling-friendly luncheon is included. Optional Ravine Winery dinner featuring local cuisine, music as well as local and international Rieslings.

Wednesday 12

The Riesling Experience Day 2 (optional)

Riesling Vineyard Tour. Visit and taste wines in 4 spectacular vineyards with topics at each stop, experience a truly outstanding luncheon at Truis Winery at Hillebrand with selected Rieslings from the region. We’ll conclude with a finale at Inniskillin Winery to enjoy more wine, local beer and modest eats (modest eats and local beer will be at a modest cost).

AWBR Welcome Reception (included in registration)

Sign in to the conference beginning at 6pm. Meet us in the foyer of Brock University's Cool Clinate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and student-led tours of the facilities.

Thursday 13

Roundtable Session

A panel of academics and industry leaders will discuss issues related to The Growing Impact of Social Media on the Wine Industry. Audience members will have an opportunity to interact and participate in the discussion.

Gala Dinner, Chateau des Charmes (optional add-on)

Enjoy a three-course meal with regional wine pairings on the terrace of Niagara's stately chateau. Musical entertainment by Brock University's very own violin & harp duo, Stringlink.

Friday 14

Education Session

A two-part discussion to address the current landscape of wine business education, as well as avenues for innovation and collaboration. Input from all interested industry and academic participants welcome. Topics include: key competencies for successful graduates working in the wine industry; common educational elements desired by the wine industry today; and a working session, highlighting conference case studies and the exploration of further collaborative works focusing on the business of wine.

Dinner Social, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre (included in registration)

An informal celebration of the global wine community, including conference delgates, conference speakers, and industry partners. Outdoor dining and entertainment in the heart of Niagara's fruitland. Presentation of awards and sharing of local and international wines. This promises to be a fun night, complete with group photos in our Partybooth!

* Remember to bring a bottle of your favourite wine from home for AWBR's traditional wine tasting/exchange.

Saturday 15

Field Trip Day (optional add-on includes both day and evening portions)

Visit three wineries for lunch, tour, and tastings, followed by free time to shop and explore. Choice of either Niagara-on-the-Lake OR Beamsville/Jordan Bench areas. Transportation is included in fee. Choice of returning to Brock University at 5pm or continuing to Niagara-on-the-Lake for various self-guided activities in the evening.

Evening in town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Many entertainment options await in the original capital city of Canada. This was the frontier of the Battle of 1812 - one of the most significant places in Canada's foundational history. Dine at one of the world class restaurants along Queen Street, followed by a walk along the waterfront and beautifully manicured gardens of Old Town. Stop to enjoy some gelato on a park bench, look through the town's many shops, or enjoy a cup of tea at the world reknowned Prince of Wales Vintage Hotel.

Niagara-on-the-lake is home to the Shaw Festival, a theatre company that features the works of George Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries, and plays from the 1856–1950 era. The festival operates three theatres in the centre of town: the Festival, Royal George, and Court House theatres, and features a collection of resident and guest directors considered some of the best in the English-speaking world. The Shaw Festival is a central part of the Niagara Region's story. Three performance options will be offered at 8pm. You may purchase tickets online at to be picked up at will call. Email for special discount code.

Return transportation to Brock University and Four Points Sheraton at 10pm is included in fee.