Program Schedule

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2015

Lied Lodge & Conference Center
2700 Sylvan road, Nebraska City, NE 68410, USA

10:00am – 11:00pm

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Exhibitor/Vendor Set-up

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
On-Site Registration Open

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Discussion Group: Northern Most Vineyard

Dr. Hans Rosenfeldt, Norway, Viticulturist and Winemaker, Past President, Norwegian Grape Growers Association

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Trade Show Area Open


Lied Lodge Room 
Check-In Available

5:00pm – 6:15pm

Opening Ceremony

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Steinhart Lodge

Welcome Reception & USA Wine Tasting Event

Sample cold/cool climate wines from across the United States of America

* Included in Registration

THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2015

6:30am – 8:00am

Lied Lodge Dining Room
* Included in Registration

 8:00am – 8:30am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Opening Session

8:30am – 9:15am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Keynote Address

Building a Strong Model for Cool & Cold Climate Wine/Grape Industry Growth: Lessons Learned from Nova Scotia’s Successes 

Mr. Tony Aspler, C.M. Author, Wine Industry Writer, Wine Judge, Toronto, Canada

9:15am – 10:00am

General Session A

The Anatomy & Physiology of Winter Hardiness

Dr. Tim Martinson, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Geneva, NY, USA 


10:00am – 10:30am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Break : Poster Session A & Trade Show Area Open

9:15am – 10:00am

General Session B

Manipulating Vine Dormancy Using Abscisic Acid (ABA)

Dr. Imed Dami, Assoc. Prof., Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA


9:15am – 10:00am

General Session C

Results and implications of an eight-year study of grape production in North Dakota

Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA 

10:00am – 10:30am

* Included in Registration

Parallel Session D

Innovative Grape Products

Parallel Session E

Short Season Viticulture Panel

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Grape Seed Oil Production for Energy & Culinary Use
Robert Byrnes, Lyons, Nebraska, USA

Processing grapevine leaf material into products for the food industry
Dr. Gerhard Flick
, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Producing Grape Brandy on a Budge
E. John Broadbent, Norwalk, Iowa, USA


Vineyards and Wineries of Coastal British Columbia
Paul Troop
, Owner, Omega Vines; Salt Spring Vineyards, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

One alternative method to avoid Spring frost
Jens Madsen
Kokaerwine, Christianstad, Denmark

Short Season Viticulture Strategies
Mark Hart
, Mt. Ashwaby Vineyard & Orchard, Bayfield, Wisconsin, USA

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Break : Poster Session A & Trade Show Area Open

Parallel session F 

Sparkling Wine Workshop

Must Pre-Register, $10 Tasting Fee – Limit 100 participants

Parallel session G

Grapegrowing Under Plastic: Protected Vine Culture

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Larry Mawby, L. Mawby Winery, Suttons Bary, Michigan, USA

Testing of table grape cultivars in a tunnel growing system in Denmark
Dr. Torben Toldam-Andersen
, Copenhagen University (KU), Copenhagen, Denmark

The effect of open field and protected cultivation conditions on grape quality
Mariana Maante
, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia

High Tunnel Seedless Grapes in Vermont
Andy Farmer
, Northeastern Vine Supply, West Pawlett, Vermont, USA

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Dine on Your Own Night

Guest can choose to visit one of the many great restaurants in Nebraska City or your can choose to
dine in the Timber Dinning Room. Dinner is on your own this evening.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Steinhart Lodge
Global Wine Reception & Nebraska Wine Tasting
* Included in Registration

Sample cold/cool climate wines from around the world & Taste the Best of Nebraska

FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2015

6:30am – 8:00am

Lied Lodge Dining Room
* Included in Registration

8:00am – 8:45am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
General Session H
Northern Grapes Project

Dr. Tim Martinson, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Geneva, NY, USA

8:45am – 9:30am

9:30am – 10:00am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Break: Poster Session C & Trade Show Area Open

10:00 – 10:45am

General Session J

Climate Change & Sustainability in Wine Production in the United Kingdom

Chris Foss, Head, Wine Department, Plumpton College, United Kingdom

10:45am – 11:30am

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Keynote Address
Climate Change: Catastrophe or Opportunity for Northern Viticulture?
Dr. Paul Huttner, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, MN, USA

11:30pm – 1:00pm


* Included in Registration

Parallel session K

Winemaking with Emerging Varietals

Must Pre-Register, $10 Tasting Fee – Limit
100 participants

Parallel session L

Perspectives on Grape Breeding: Panel Discussion

1:00pm – 2:30pm

New and Emerging Varieties -­ Petite Pearl and Crimson Pearl
Rod Ballinger
, Owner & Winemaker, Bear Creek Winery, Fargo, ND, USA

Frontenac in Québec, Canada
Simon Naud
, Owner & Winemaker, Vignoble La Bauge, Quebec, Canada

Louise Swenson and Marquette. A Winegrower’s Perspective from Vermont
Ethan Joseph
, Winemaker, Shelburne Winery, Burlington, VT, USA

Dr. John Stenger, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

Mr. Valentin Blattner, Wadenswil, Switzerland

Perspectives on Grape Breeding: Cold hardiness and Genetics
Dr. Jason Londo
, US Department of Agriculture, Grape Genetics Research Unit, Geneva, NY, USA

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Lied Lodge (Lower Level)
Break: Poster Session A & Trade Show Area Open

Parallel session M

From Grape to Wine: Wine Tasting for Growers: Panel Discussion & Wine Tasting

Must Pre-Register, $10 Tasting Fee – Limit
100 participants

Parallel session N

Spring Frost Avoidance: Panel Discussion

3:15pm – 4:45pm

Tools to follow maturity
Gaëlle Dube
, Agronomist & Viticulturist Consultant, Quebec City,  Quebec, Canada

Ripening Hybrid Grapes in Cold-Climate Conditions
Karine Pedneault, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, CDBQ, Quebec Agriculture Development Center, La Pocatiere, Quebec, Canada

Harvest Timing Decisions
Bradley Beam
, Enology Specialist, Illinois Grape Growing Wine Association, Carbondale, IL, USA

Preventing Spring Freeze Injury with Amigo Oil
Ben Loseke
, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Frost Mitigation in Northeastern Minnesota
Terry Heggemeier
, Grape Grower, Blackhoof Creek Winery, Barnum, MN, USA

6:30pm – 8:30pm

VitiNord Gala Event And Dinner

Celebrate how the VitiNord Conference brings participants from across the globe together to
collaborate and share “Best Practice” techniques in growing the highest quality of grapes and
producing incredible wines. Enjoy a three course dinner where each course has been carefully
paired with wonderful cool/cold climate varieties of wines. The Nebraska wine industry will be your
host for this fun and relaxing evening. The Gala dinner will end with the announcement of where
the 2018 VitiNord conference will be held.

SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 2015

9:00am – 10:00pm

VitiNord Innovation Tour

* Included in Registration
Guests will participate in Field Day opportunities in viewing and using the latest technologies available in viticulture and winemaking.
Includes Lunch & Farm to Table Dinner