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23rd Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium Announced

Submitted By: Lisa Adams Walter, July 31, 2014
(Napa, CALIF.) – The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced the program for the 23rd Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium set for Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, California. Launched in 1992, the Wine Industry Financial Symposium is the premier event in regard to the financial, investment, economic and business issues of the wine industry. Registration for this popular event is now open at with early bird rates good only through September 8.

The 2014 Wine Industry Financial Symposium Program, with the upbeat theme of “Let The Good Times Roll,” will feature a dynamic line-up of wine business leaders including Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Vineyards and Wine Institute Board Chairman; Robert Smiley, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Mike Veseth, Editor of The Wine Economist blog. A bevy of more than 45 additional speakers will present information, share ideas and discuss some of the hottest wine business topics including global wine wars; equity and debt markets; winery use permits; digital marketing for wine brand building; the next generation in wine; wine distribution; tax issues; wine and the spirits / beer fusion and the Hispanic wine consumer.

“At this year’s symposium, we will be presenting and discussing so many issues that are critically important to the economic sector of the wine business,” said David Freed, Chairman of The Silverado Group, “We are also looking forward to revealing the results of our annual Financial Symposium Survey which always provides thought-provoking insight into the issues, challenges and predictions of all sides of the wine industry including buyers, sellers, owners investors and lenders.”

“As we have worked to put together this year’s program, a consistent theme arose—that theme is that these are ‘Good Times’ and the wine business is strong. Attendees from the winery side, as well as from the financial and legal side, will gain ideas and information essential for leveraging the strength of today’s wine business,” added Kathy Archer, Wine Industry Symposium Group President.

The 2014 Wine Industry Financial Symposium event sponsors include: American Ag Credit; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Bacchus Capital Management; Bank of the West; Benchmark Consulting; BMO Harris Bank; Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM) Accountants and Consultants; H&A Financing; Manatt, Phelps + Phillips, LLP; MetLife Agricultural Investments; Moss Adams, LLP Certified Public Accountants / Business Consultants; Prudential Agricultural Investments; Rabobank International & Rabobank, N.A.; Umpqua Bank; Walsh Vineyards Management; Wells Fargo Bank; Zepponi and Company; American Vineyard Magazine; Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine; Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines (now including Practical Winery & Vineyard). The complete program, as well as registration, is available online at

About the Wine Industry Symposium Group
The founders of the Wine Industry Symposium Group met in early 1992 with the hope that by forming a new industry conference, they would create an open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California wine industry. The Wine Industry Financial Symposium was born. A couple of years later, in 1994, the group started a similar program, the Central Coast Insights Program, to fit the needs of that region. A year later, the Vineyard Economics Seminar was created for grape growers. Because of consistent globalization and consolidation in the wine business, the Wine Industry Symposium Group continues to operate with the mission of providing a critical platform for important communication and dialogue between the multiple facets of the wine business and the lending community. For more information visit or call (707) 255-9222. Like the Wine Symposium Group on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at

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Contact: Lisa Adams Walter
Director of Programs, Wine Industry Symposium Group or 707.696.5006