Bottling & Packaging


Event Date

UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616

On February 15, 2024, we will present a program on the latest technologies, trends, and best practices in bottling and packaging. The seminar will take place at the UC Davis Conference Center, from 9 AM-4 PM. 



UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616


A complete agenda will be available soon. The following speakers and topics are confirmed*:

8:50 AM
Welcome & introduction
Ben Montpetit, Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

9:00 AM
Bottling & packaging
David Block
, Professor, Departments of Viticulture & Enology & Chemical Engineering, UC Davis

9:30 AM
General bottling line quality control
Zoran Ljepović,
Lecturer, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

10:10 AM

10:20 AM
Precursors of sulfurous off-aromas in wine: their origin and fate 
Gavin Sacks, Professor & Associate Chair of Food Science, Cornell University

11:00 AM
Bottle aging: Oxidation and other reactions

Andrew Waterhouse, Professor Emeritus, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

11:40 AM
The Chemistry of Canning
Orrin Frederick, Area Manager-California, Enartis

12:00 PM

1:00 PM
Panel: Alternative packaging

  • 1:00 PM-1:15 PM
    • Meredith McGough, Director of Winemaking & Supply Chain, Union Wine Company (Zoom)
  • 1:15-1:30 PM
    • Corey Beck, Executive Vice President, Winemaking, Delicato Family Wines
  • 1:30-1:45 PM
    • Amy Butler, Freelance Winemaker
  • 1:45-2 PM
    • Lowell Jooste, Owner, LJ Crafted Wines
  • 2:00-2:15 PM
    • Zoran Ljepović, Lecturer, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
  • 2:15-2:30 PM
    • Q&A

2:30 PM

2:40 PM
Panel: Latest closure technologies

  • 2:40-2:55 PM
    • Oxygen transfers and the importance of a consistent closure
      • Kevin André, Sales Director, Diam Bouchage​​​
  • 2:55-3:10 PM
    • Closure innovation
      • Ryan Norton, Commercial Director, Vinventions US
  • 3:10-3:25 PM
    • Novel advancements in cork closures: A new benchmark for consistency in natural cork
      • Greg Hirson, Global Director of Innovations, Harv 81 Group
  • 3:25-3:40 PM
    • Research & development on cork stoppers: Merging nature & technology
      • Paulo Lopes, Senior Director, Research & Development, Amorim Cork America
  • 3:40-3:55 PM
    • ​​​​​​​Q&A

3:55 PM

*All speakers and topics are subject to change.


UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis


Early Registration (until January 24): $175

Regular Registration (January 25-31): $200

Late & Onsite Registration (February 1 onward): $225

Livestream Registration (closes February 14 at 8 pm): $200
(The livestream registration fee covers the expenses associated with hiring the livestream technology and operators.)


In-person registration closes on February 9th at 5 pm PT. After this time, in-person registrations may be permitted but cannot be guaranteed depending upon space and catering availability. 


If you need a hotel room, you can reserve one at the Hyatt Place Davis. The Hyatt Place is right next door to the Conference Center.

  • Face masks are encouraged for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Non-vaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings indoors and outdoors in crowded spaces.

For more information about current campus policies for visitors, please visit:

Guidelines are subject to change at any time as the COVID-19 situation evolves. We will be sure to communicate any changes as they occur.

  • If you can no longer attend, you may substitute your registration for another attendee before February 13th at 9 am PT. 
  • If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so for any reason before February 1st for a 100% refund and by February 7th for a 50% refund less the registration system's processing fees, which are non-refundable. 
  • No refunds will be made after February 7th. 
  • If you need to cancel please email

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