Saturday, July 30, 2011

NBC TV Covers Virginia Wine Bloggers Conference Another Success

Posted: Jul 24, 2011 4:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2011 5:12 PM EDT
by Derek Waller

The 2011 North American Wine Bloggers Conference wrapped up Sunday in Charlottesville. Over 330 self-proclaimed wine bloggers visited the city for the three day conference at the downtown Omni Hotel.

The group also toured several central Virginia vineyards and had dinner Friday night at Monticello. This is the first time the conference has traveled to the East Coast.

Allan Wright, one of the wine bloggers conference organizers said, "When we announced Virginia as the location of this year's conference, there was a lot of skepticism, and I have to say I was not entirely confident myself in how it would go, but as we got closer and closer to the date, all that disappeared."

One of the biggest topics of discussion at this year's conference was the explosion of new vineyards. And the bloggers say social media can help a struggling winery reach new customers. Next year the conference heads to Oregon.

(I was very disappointed that I was not able to attend this event. But Annette Ringwood Boyd, Director of the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office deserves tremendous applause, and shows tremendous forsite, in helping to host this event. It shows a savvy marketing effort is being made, as Virginia continues to stake its claim as a burgeoning wine region in the US.)