Session

Keynote Speaker Luncheon
Speaker: Jeff O'Neill, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers, California

Welcome & Introduction

John Aguirre, President, California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG)

Keynote Speaker Luncheon

The 2020 Unified Symposium opens with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Jeff O’Neill, CEO of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, the 7th largest winery in California.

Mr. O’Neill has led his company on a path of dramatic growth in the past six years by entering the consumer branded business that has surpassed one million 9L cases sold in 2019. His candid talk will explore the many challenges and opportunities facing the wine industry today, including consolidation, consumer trend shifts, increased competition and more.

Mr. O’Neill entered the wine business in 1985 when he founded Golden State Vintners with a private equity group and served as the CEO for 19 years. He 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.


This Tuesday luncheon is priced separately and includes plated lunch and wine.

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