15th Annual VESTA Summit - 2019

15th Annual VESTA Summit - 2019

The 15th Annual VESTA Curriculum Retreat brings together industry members, VESTA instructors and VESTA Management Team members to review, revise and refine the expansive VESTA grape, wine and entrepreneurship curriculum. In addition to a thorough review of the curriculum, the focus this year will be the identification of new approaches and technologies that should be embedded in VESTA courses; identifying appropriate content and technical modules to be incorporated into the computer instructional vineyard and winery simulations; and the continued development and refinement of job standards for the expansion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.


The 2019 VESTA Summit is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Wine Collaborative.  This collaboration provides the participant a wealth of learning opportunities including workshops, focused seminars, and notable speakers.  Additionally, VESTA is offering during the 2019 Summit, an opportunity for interested participants to earn 3 hours of college credit from Missouri State University - West Plain, VIN 197 - Grape and Wine Technology. Click here to find our more information.


Tuesday, June 4

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Check in for National Visiting Committee and Management Team members
6:00 - 7:00 PM - Hospitality
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner

Wednesday, June 5
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast (VESTA/MWC)
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM -VESTA Annual Report to NVC members (VESTA)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - MiCAST Training (MWC) ($125) CANCELED
                            TAM Certification, Customer Service and Sensory Evaluation, Train the Trainer front-of -the-hours Certificate Program, *includes wine tasting.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dr. Richard Smart (MWC) ($100, $75 for P45 Members) CANCELED
                             Dr. Smart will speak about the ACE Method and Canopy Management
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon - VESTA annual report to NVC members (VESTA)
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Lunch (VESTA and MWC)
1:00 - 5:00 PM - NVC Industry Tour (VESTA)
                       (Transportation provided)
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Personal Time/Hospitality (VESTA/MWC)
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner (VESTA/MWC)

Thursday, June 6
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast (VESTA/MWC)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Cold Climate Day (MWC) ($100; $75 for MWC Members)
                             Erin Norton, Drew Horton, Larry Shafer, Josie Boyle, Jason Londo, Terry Bates, *includes wine tasting
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - NVC Report (VESTA)
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Lunch/Speaker -
                                 National Grapevine Research Association
                                 Jessica Youngblood, Youngblood Vineyards
1:00 PM  - 5:00 PM - Open Tours (VESTA)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Personal Time/Hospitality (VESTA/MWC)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Dinner (VESTA/MWC)

Friday, June 7
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast (VESTA/MWC)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - VESTA Opening Session
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM - MI State of the State Wine Report (MWC)
                              Annual Business Meeting
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Industry Tours (VESTA/MWC) (transportation provided)
1:00 - 5:00 PM - Winemakers Tasting (MWC by invitation only)
                        Varietally Correct Other Reds - All varietally correct reds (except Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner - Celebrating the House of Howell (VESTA/MWC)

Saturday, June 8
7:00 - 7:45 AM - Breakfast (VESTA/MWC)
8:00 - 10:15 AM - General Session 1 (VESTA)
                         Implementing A Registered Apprenticeship Program
                         Erin Norton, Evelyn Szpliet, William Alter
10:15 - 10:30 AM - Break
10:30 - 12:00 Noon - Flash Talks (VESTA)
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Engaging the Online Learner - Best Teaching Strategies
                                Michelle Norgren, VESTA Instructors
11:15 AM - 12 Noon - What Does It Take To Be An Economically Sustainable Vineyard/Winery
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 PM - General Session 2 (VESTA)
                        VESTA - Back to the Future (VESTA strategic planning, looking toward the future while drawing from the past.)
                        Tom Smith
3:00 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Flash Talk (VESTA)
                        Real Effects of Climate Change on Local Grape Industry
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM - NVC Impressions
                            Bill Baker, Ricky Thibodeau, Neal Newsom
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Wrap Up and Evaluation
                             Michelle Norgren
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Personal Time/Hospitality (VESTA/MWC)
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner (VESTA/MWC)

Register NOW - Click Here to Register for the Retreat.  Registration Deadline April 29, 2019.

Resort Lodging - Hotel Reservation Deadline April 29, 2019.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, This 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is situated in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along the shores of Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. Just six miles northeast of Traverse City, Michigan, the Resort is a ten-minute drive from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC).

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is “Michigan’s Premier Resort Experience” and one of the Midwest’s finest year-round destination and conference resorts. Since opening in 1980, the Resort has earned numerous distinctions and accolades. The Resort’s nearly 600 rooms, suites and condominiums, 86,500 square feet of versatile meeting space, distinctive dining venues, shopping complex, full-service spa, and championship golf, attract individuals and families, plus corporate, association, and other groups for four full seasons of non-stop activity.


Hotel Guest Room - $159 per night + resort fee and taxes.
Tower Guest Room - $199 per night + resort fee and taxes.

To reserve your room, call (800)968-7352

Airport- The closest airport is the Traverse City airport (TVC).  Travel time to the resort 15 minutes. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa have a free shuttle to and from the airport.  VESTA will not be offering airport transportation.

Ride Sharing:

Lyft & Uber: The national ride-sharing services are operated by smartphone app, offering on-demand transportation based on a sliding fee scale in and around Traverse City. Options include both four and six-seat vehicles.
TransportHer: The Michigan-based business is similar to other ride-sharing app services but designed specifically with women’s safety in mind. Drivers are predominantly female and specialize in transportation for women, seniors and children ages 16 and under. Drivers for males are available upon request and depend on driver supply.


Cherry Capital Cab: The locally owned taxi, shuttle and airport service is open every day of the year and offers booking options by phone, online or smartphone app. Seniors receive a 10% discount and minimum fare is $5.

Mass transit

BATA (Bay Area Transportation Authority) Bus: Service is offered Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. until midnight and 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. One-way fares range from $1.50 to $3.00 and reduce fares are available for students, seniors and the disabled. The transit authority offers Loop service with dedicated routes and fixed stops throughout Traverse City and the surrounding villages, as well as Link service that functions as a traditional dial-a-ride.

Contact name: Michelle Norgren
Phone: 800-748-0303
E-mail: michellenorgren@missouristate.edu
Lodging info: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Location: 100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard, Acme , MI 49610