Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management magazine today announced its Craft Beverages Unlimited Trade Shows and Conferences will not take place in 2017.

“There’s been a steep increase in the amount of trade shows in the last few years, and our customers were feeling stretched thin to attend them all. So, as a service to them, we’ve decided to postpone our trade shows for next year,” comments publisher and president Rob Merletti.

Craft Beverages Unlimited, which takes place annually in both the Midwest and East Coast, originally began as Wineries Unlimited more than 40 years ago. Wineries Unlimited began as an East Coast event and soon became the annual meeting place for anyone involved in the Eastern wine industry, although its name was changed after 39 years in 2015. The Midwest event was added in 2010. The trade shows and conferences attempted to attract winemakers, growers, cider makers, brewers, distillers, owners, suppliers and educators “who all understand the importance of this annual event.”

Beginning in 2015, the conference and trade shows changed their name to Craft Beverages Unlimited to reflect the changing industry and include talks, seminars and tastings centering around wine, beer and distilled spirits.

[Disclosure: this author manages the conference program for the Eastern Winery Exposition, which has in five years become the largest wine industry trade show east of the Rockies].


About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The small company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM’s conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited East and Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest [ed: not in 2017]. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge and the Grand Harvest Awards.