Syracuse, NY (October 2, 2014) – The fourth annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) will take place March 17-19, 2015, at The Oncenter in Syracuse, New York. With 225 trade show booths already sold, EWE is now the largest winery and vineyard trade show and conference east of the Pacific states and the largest show of its kind ever to be held in New York State.

Exhibitor response to the Syracuse move has been extremely positive and Show Manager Bob Mignarri credits the move as a contributing factor to the show’s continued rapid growth. Proximity to the wine regions of New York and Ontario is one of many advantages Syracuse provides as a location for the 2015 EWE. Syracuse, the economic hub of Central New York, offers affordability, easy accessibility by air, car and train, great diversity in shops and restaurants, Destiny USA-a shopping, entertainment and dining megaplex, the world-famous Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Syracuse University.

The three-day Eastern Winery Exposition begins Tuesday, March 17, with two day-long Workshops: one to feature vineyard and winery start-ups, the other tailored to vineyards and wineries growing from small to mid-, or mid-to large-size operations. A welcome wine reception Tuesday evening provides opportunities for networking and socializing. The two-day conference, along with the trade show, kicks off on Wednesday and features sessions focused in four areas: Viticulture, Enology, Cold Climate Grapes and Marketing, Money and Management.

Conference Manager Richard Leahy announced that researchers from nearby Cornell University will present two conference sessions reflecting Cornell’s most recent research findings in Viticulture and Enology, in addition to practical extension sessions. Additionally, Cornell Senior Extension Associate Tim Martinson, also Project Director of the Northern Grapes Project, will lead a series of sessions focused on issues for cold-climate grapes.

The Northern Grapes Symposium takes place within the EWE conference Wednesday, March 18. The full conference program and speaker roster will be available online in mid-October. Employees of wineries, who are members of the sponsoring Seneca and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails, as well as the members of 16 other industry associations and organizations, will receive a ten percent discount on EWE registration.