December 19, 2019 – Unified Symposium eNews


Wine Industry Leader & Entrepreneur Jeff O’Neill to Present at the Keynote Luncheon

Listen in on a candid talk by Jeff O’Neill, CEO of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, who will speak on the many challenges and opportunities the wine industry is facing today, including consolidation, consumer trend shifts, increased competition and more.

Mr. O’Neill has successfully led his company on a dramatic growth in the past six years by entering the consumer branded business that has surpassed one million 9L cases sold in 2019. He entered the wine business in 1985 when he founded Gold State Vintners with a private equity group, where he served as the CEO for 19 years. He then launched O’Neill Vintners & Distillers in 2004 as an innovative, privately owned California winery that produced premium quality wines and spirits through vertically integrated operations. His business has grown to become one of the largest premium varietal wine and brandy producers with a reputation for producing high quality wines from the North Coast, Central Coast and Central Valley. Through its extensive vineyards and state of the art facilities, O’Neill’s growing portfolio include the company’s fast-growing Line 39, as well as other brands in the company’s national brands portfolio that include Robert Hall, Harken, Exitus, Day Owl and Intercept. 

Register today to save your seat. The Keynote Luncheon is a separate fee from the general registration.

Table sponsors for the Keynote Luncheon are still available for $1,500. This includes one 3-day complimentary General Registration to the Symposium and eight complimentary Keynote Luncheon registrations. For more information about sponsorship, contact Jenny Devine at or (916) 379-8995.


Record-Breaking Speaker Lineup at the 2020 Unified Symposium

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is offering a robust program for 2020 that showcases a record-breaking 110 speakers who will share their insights into grapegrowing, winemaking, business, operations, marketing, public relations and regulatory compliance. Visit the website regularly for the latest program information.

Did you notice the new updates? Speakers and bios are available on the website to help you better plan which sessions to attend. Check it out on, then click on the session(s) you’re interested in.

“We believe that the Unified Symposium offers the best opportunity for attendees to network with thousands of peers while learning about the latest technology, market trends and strategies to boost their businesses and professional careers. We are proud to offer this important service, which serves as an essential tool for effective planning and decision-making for many of our attendees,” says John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers and co-host of the Unified.


Continuing Education Units Offered for CCAs and DPRs

This year, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will offer CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) and Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on the following grapegrowing sessions:

Click on the links above for more information about each session.


Parking at Cal Expo & Transportation Services

New logistics are in place for the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium due to the temporary venue at Cal Expo, located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA.

cal expo parking mapThere will be ample parking available at Cal Expo for $10/day (cash only) with in-and-out privileges. Parking for the Unified Symposium will be Lots B and C. See map for details.

Click here for additional details for arriving at Cal Expo.

Transportation Services

Downtown Hotel Shuttle Service

The following downtown hotels will have shuttle service to/from Cal Expo:

  • Best Western
  • Holiday Inn Express Convention Center
  • Hyatt
  • Citizen Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Kimpton Sawyer
  • Sheraton Grand

Hotel shuttle pickup/drop-off will be located at the Cal Expo Main Entrance.

Shuttle Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 4 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 6 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Uber Voucher Rides

2020 Unified Symposium attendees staying at the following UW&GS contracted hotels will be offered an Uber voucher for trips to/from Cal Expo:

  • Arden Star Hotel
  • DoubleTree Cal Expo
  • Holiday Inn Express Cal Expo
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Cal Expo
  • Hilton Garden Inn South Natomas
  • Courtyard Cal Expo
  • Fairfield Inn Cal Expo
  • Hampton Inn & Suites – West Sacramento
  • Hawthorn Suites
  • Hilton Arden West
  • TownePlace Suites Cal Expo

The voucher is only valid between 2/1/2020 – 2/7/2020 and will be available at each hotel. Each voucher is valid for 4 trips with a maximum value of $25 per trip.

Transportation (shuttles and Uber vouchers) to and from our contracted hotels is provided by Visit Sacramento.

For the Cal Expo Parking / Exhibits & Sessions Map, click here.

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