Welcome to California

Join us for an immersive and educational experience in the picturesque landscapes of California wine country. As esteemed sommeliers, you’ll delve into the heart of California’s winemaking culture. Enjoy vineyard tours, exclusive tastings, and educational masterclasses with industry experts.

Winery visits include: I will add in all wineries

Saturday, July 13

Santa Barbara Winemakers

Tasting and Lunch

Time: 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Wineries

Paso Robles Winemakers

Tasting and Dinner

Time: 6:30 PM

Wineries

Wednesday, July 17

Kendall Jackson Wine Estates

Brunch, Garden Specialist and Cooking demo

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Hosts
TBD

Littorai at Savoy Vineyard

Description

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hosts
Ted Lemon, Littorai
Tony Chapman, Director of Winegrowing, Donum Estate

Twomey Anderson Valley

Description

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Hosts
Hope Nastri, Winemaker, Twomey
Vivien Gay, Director of International Sales

Roederer Estate

Tour, Tasting and Dinner

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Hosts
TBD

Thursday, July 18

Bonterra Organic Vineyards

Description

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Hosts
TBD

Francis Ford Coppola

Description

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Hosts
TBD

Chateau Montelena

Description

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Hosts
TBD

Long Meadow Ranch

Tour and Dinner

Time: 6:00 PM

Hosts
Brad Groper, Chief Sales Officer

Friday, July 19

Innovatus Wine

Description

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hosts
Cecil Park, Winemaker

Spottswoode Winery

Description

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Hosts
Ray Kauffman, Winemaker

Gallica Wine

Description

Time:

Hosts

Shafer Vineyards

Description

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Hosts
Andy Demsky, Communications Director

Key Information Guide

What is covered in your stay

  • Hotel stays and group ground transportation
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make sure to bring

  • Passport / ID for hotel check-ins
  • Credit card for incidentals / personal use when you check in
  • Electronic chargers, adapters, back-up battery packs
  • Curiosity, Positive Attitude & Questions!

What is not covered during your stay

  • Personal incidental expenses – spa services, mini-bar, room service, etc.
  • Additional hotel room nights and transportation outside of the pre-arranged conference and regional tours.
  • Travel Insurance – we recommend you take out travel insurance as Wine Institute is not able to do this for you.

What to wear

Afternoons and evenings can be cool and windy, especially in coastal areas. Bring a jacket or sweater with you at all times.

  • Sunday Welcome Dinner: Casual attire
  • Regional Tour: Casual, jeans ok. Please dress for vineyard & winery visits with sturdy footwear, closed toe shoes.
  • Winery Dinners: Smart casual.
  • Tip: Avoid wearing heels.

Tips

  • There will be a WhatsApp group for the tour, we will provide the QR code to access the group before leaving for the tour.
  • Traveling in a group is even more pleasant if we do not have to wait for anyone. So may we ask everyone to be on time.

California Resources

Capstone California

Capstone California is a comprehensive certification program featuring four levels, from novice to expert. Each level builds upon the previous one, covering a wide range of topics including history, geography, climate, soils, official classifications, the business of wine and more. This structured approach ensures a deep and thorough understanding of the California wine industry at every stage.

Capstone California WebsiteCalifornia Wine Introduction Course (45-minute)California Wine Introduction Course (45-minute)