2014 Sponsors

Elite Sponsors

For the past 18 years, the mission of Touring & Tasting Marketing and Media has been promoting tourism to the wine regions of North America. Their award-winning national publication Touring & Tasting has earned a reputation as “The Definitive Guide to Wine Country” – providing an indispensable guide to wine country and the wine country lifestyle.  Touring & Tasting works closely with tourism entities, vintners associations, wineries, tasting rooms and accommodations throughout the country.

VisitSLOVisit San Luis Obispo County promotes San Luis Obispo County through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Its membership base is comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is produced and managed by Visit San Luis Obispo County. For more information on Visit San Luis Obispo County, please visit

TravelPasoFounded in 2008, the Travel Paso Robles Alliance (Travel Paso) is a group of 20 area hoteliers with the mission to market Paso Robles as world-class visitor destination. The extensive variety of activities and experiences include untouched natural beauty, more than 230 wineries, renowned cultural attractions such as nearby Hearst Castle, a bounty of fresh cuisine, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more.

Grand Sponsors

EventbriteEventbrite provides a simple, streamlined ticketing platform to help event directors set up, promote, and sell out their events—from large festivals and conferences to more intimate gatherings such as dinners, tastings, classes and more. Using Eventbrite, organizers can reach a broader network of consumers and make smarter decisions along the way with social marketing tools, personalized event discovery, and access to real-time data, all in one place. To learn more about Eventbrite, visit eventbrite.com or call 1-800-994-2515 to speak with one of our seasoned account experts.

The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy. The Association also provides membership services to assist wineries with a variety of business operations. With more than 800 members from 48, states WineAmerica is the only wine trade association with national membership.
Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and SonomaThe Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, CANVAS, is a dynamic organization comprised of outstanding leaders in the hospitality community. CANVAS Members continually provide guests to Napa and Sonoma with the best possible experiences. We are proud to have such dedicated and loyal individuals participating in the programs facilitated by CANVAS that benefit our Community.

Sonoma State University's Wine Business InstituteThe Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is the first and only university program in the United States to focus exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. Created through a partnership between the university and the wine industry, the program offers a specialized curriculum targeted on the business challenges of the wine industry, including courses in Wine Marketing, Wine Finance and Accounting, Human Resources Management, Wine Business Strategies and Wine Production, Operations & Distribution. The Wine Business Institute will be helping to establish the content at the conference.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 2.23.51 PMThe Wine Institute initiates and advocates public policy that enhances the ability to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine.  They advocate for California wine at the state, federal, and international levels; educate public policy makers and the media on the cultural and economic value of wine; take a leadership role in coalitions and enhancing the business and political network for wine; and assist members with information and guidance on legal, policy and compliance issues.  The Wine Institute has been a longtime advocate of the Wine Tourism Conference and also just made available their new book, “Down to Earth: a Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California.” 

Paso WineThe Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents the more than 32,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries in the Paso Robles AVA. The distinct microclimates and diverse soils, combined with warm days and cool nights, make growing conditions ideal for producing more than 40 wine varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, to Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne, to Zinfandel, the area’s heritage wine variety.

Wine Industry NetworkThe Wine Industry Network is THE business resource for the wine industry. Winery and viticulture professionals use WIN for free to research products and services from premium industry suppliers, find contact and product information, and receive free supplier news, deals, and updates through the bi-weekly Link newsletter in one or more of the professional categories that best match your needs.

Premier Sponsors

Wine Bloggers ConferenceThe Wine Bloggers Conference is an annual gathering of over 350 wine bloggers and other wine industry members who are interested to learn more about social media marketing. Now in its seventh year, the 2014 conference will be held July 11-13 in Santa Barbara County, California. Zephyr Adventures, organizer of the Wine Tourism Conference, is the organizer of the Wine Bloggers Conference.

VIN201_01_Logo_RGBThe Coravin™ System uses technology that keeps the cork in the bottle, where it’s been since the bottle was sealed. Pour glasses whenever you like, and know that instead of oxidizing, the remaining wine will continue to age naturally. @coravin

CortizzaCortizza is about combining creativity and function to bring you a wide variety of products made with beautiful and sustainable cork leather (or, cork fabric, if you like) and cork paper. They develop and manufacture Cortizza “exclusives” and seek out the best from talented designers. Cortizza works with several manufacturers in Portugal and Spain, where the finest cork fabric is produced and attention to detail results in products you will love.

Event Sponsors

The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is your gateway between Northern California destinations and major cities across the U.S. and the world. Located 12 miles from downtown Sacramento and always open, service is available from 12 major carriers. Sacramento International Airport is an excellent option for accessing California’s wine areas.