2015 Sponsors

We could not hold the Wine Tourism Conference without the support of our sponsors, below. For information about sponsoring the conference please contact Reno Walsh at 406-580-5919 or reno@ZephyrAdventures.com. Once you have chosen your sponsorship level you can register on our secure form. Please see below for our growing list of 2015 sponsors.

Elite Sponsors

Visit_LoudounThe Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (Visit Loudoun) is the destination management organization for Loudoun County and its incorporated towns. Loudoun County is “DC’s Wine Country”. By serving as the primary programmatic element of Loudoun’s travel and tourism promotion, they lead the Loudoun tourism industry to work together as a destination to generate visitor spending.


The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office handles the board’s education and marketing efforts on behalf of all Virginia wineries. The office manages the development and execution of a continuous and integrated marketing program, which focuses on advertising, public relations and promotions. Collectively the efforts communicate a clear and positive message on Virginia wines, encourage visits to the state wineries and help increase sales of Virginia wine.


Virginia is for Lovers stands for LOVE – pure and simple. Connect with loved ones, doing the things you love to do on a great vacation, in Virginia.

Grand Sponsors


Discover what five million annual visitors already know: The Texas Hill Country Wineries are spectacular and fun! With 46 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels, there’s someplace new to explore around every bend. Each place has its own personality, terroir and style of winemaking, yet all share a commitment to quality and a fervent passion for what they do. We hope you will come visit us for an award-winning wine experience only Texas can offer.

Loudoun Virginia Economic DevelopmentLoudoun Virginia Economic Development is dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industries, and improving the business climate for Loudoun County, Virginia. They are ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for companies interested in operating in Loudoun County.


Founded in 1984, the Maryland Wineries Association represents Maryland’s commercial wineries.  the MWA’s mission is to develop and expand the grape and wine industry in Maryland – through education and promotion.  Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association, is a panelist on the Thursday, November 19 all-attendee session, “Wine Tourism is Ag Tourism.”


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.

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.”

Beverage Trade NetworkBeverageTradeNetwork.com is connecting the beverage alcohol industry by bringing wineries, breweries, distilleries, beverage brand owners, importers, distributors, wine brokers, beer brokers and other beverage professionals together.

Wine BusinessWineBusiness.com, the “home page for the wine industry”, is managed by Wine Business Monthly magazine. With 140,000 unique visitors and 1.7 million page view per month, the website is the leading online news source for the wine industry.


Wine Industry Network (WIN) 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.

Canadian VintnersThe Canadian Vintners Association represents member wineries responsible for more than 90% of Canada’s wine production. The CVA brings together its membership to advocate on public policy initiatives by working cooperatively with governments and other stakeholders to find solutions that benefit both society and the entire Canadian wine industry.

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 2016 conference will be held August 11-13 in Lodi, California. Zephyr Adventures, organizer of the Wine Tourism Conference, is the organizer of the Wine Bloggers Conference.

Wine_Trail_AdventuresWine Trail Adventures is a social network that rewards you for exploring the 5000+ wineries in the U.S. Check into wineries, review their wines, and share your experiences with your friends and other members, while following your favorite wineries and get up to date info about what is going on. At the same time, you will be accumulating points and collecting badges for free wine related products.

The Tasting PanelThe Tasting Panel magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry, reaching an audience of thousands of key decision-makers every month. Manning the ship is renowned wine & spirits veteran Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief and longtime wine & spirits publisher and executive editor Meridith May. With their expertise, experience and esteem, they collectively have their finger on the pulse of the beverage industry.


TheWineBuzz® is intended to inform readers who are interested in wine, food, spirits and craft beers. It includes beverage reviews as well as feature articles on travel, wine, spirits, food and related topics. Our goal is educate, in a reader-friendly fashion, and take the intimidation out of wine in order to enhance its enjoyment.

Loudoun Wineries AssociationThe Loudoun Wineries Association enables the success of the Loudoun County wine industry by promoting agriculture, social stewardship and by facilitating marketing, legislation, education, and communications between member wineries and their partners.

Premier Sponsors

Sac Intl Airport smallThe Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to Northern California’s world-class destinations including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and the wine regions of Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, and more. The airport has non-stop flights from 30 destinations. When you are considering visiting California’s wine regions, consider using Sacramento International Airport!

Premier.WordPress.horizPowerful enough for CNN and the New York Times, flexible enough to create any site you can imagine, simple enough for your Aunt Mary to reblog cat photos: WordPress.com has you covered, whatever you’re publishing to the web. WordPress.com is a community of millions of bloggers just like you, making use of hundreds of beautiful, easy to customize design themes to create anything from photoblogs to magazines, wedding albums to restaurant websites, and everything else in between. With mobile apps to easily create and manage content on the run, and intuitive, great looking ways to share all your media, WordPress.com lets you sign up in seconds, and start publishing in minutes.

Premier.VinoVisitVinoVisit is the industry leading  winery reservation and guest management platform. By being exclusively dedicated to the wine industry, VinoVisit reaches a unique audience of engaged winery visitors and wine tasters. It’s affiliate, Chatterbox Wine Marketing Services, is a Napa based company founded in 2009 that offers relationship-based wine telesales and other consumer direct digital marketing services exclusively for the wine industry. The company serves a growing list of well-known established, and up and coming brands, that require high-touch services in marketing their wines to consumers.  www.chatterboxwinemarketing.com

Premier.vinowineVinoWine is the “Ultimate Mobile App Guide and Promoter of American Wineries and Wine Festivals”! Available now on iOS and Android!

Monticello Wine TrailThe wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail have all been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of winemaking. Come indulge in all the Monticello Wine Trail has to offer with its deep historic significance and lush vineyard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All of our winery members take the greatest pleasure in welcoming visitors from around the world to sample their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside and share their pride in Virginia’s wine-making heritage.

Visit CharlottesvilleThe Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau assists tour operators, meeting planners, weddings, reunions and other groups to find attractions, restaurants, hotels, and other visitor related businesses. Its mission is “to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets.”

Reston Limousine and Travel Service InReston Limoc. operates one of the top 20 largest chauffeured fleets in the country and is metropolitan Washington’ D.C.’s largest provider of luxury transportation and government contract services. A family-owned business since its incorporation in 1990, the company has grown from five vehicles to more than 200 vehicles today. Reston Limo operates wine tours in Loudoun County.

Virginia PiedmontThe Virginia Piedmont region, located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coastal plains of Virginia, is home to over 118 wineries, all within a 2 hour drive.  Consisting of 12 counties, each county offers something unique, but distinctly Virginian. Named after the Piedmont region of Italy, the name “Piedmont” comes from the French term which literally means “foothill”. Famous for its scenic beauty, this area of Virginia holds a vast array of things to do, events, history, culture, and unique cities and towns.

Event Sponsors


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