The American Society for Enology and Viticulture announced in a news release it will host its 2021 National Conference virtually June 21–24. The annual conference continues a 72-year-old tradition of professional education, according to the release, offering industry professionals and academia the latest technical scientific information related to winemaking and grape growing.

Hosted in conjunction with the National Grape Research Alliance, the conference begins with the ASEV-NGRA Precision Viticulture Symposium. Connecting scientists working in precision viticulture research with growers applying precision technology and techniques, the symposium provides a two-way dialogue to identify current research gaps, inform future scientific discovery and inspire application of current innovations, according to the release. 

The following conference days will feature 164 scientists and industry presenters from around the world who will offer insights into the latest advancements in the field. Gavin Sacks of Cornell University will speak on hydrogen sulfide and sulfur doxide in wine; Hildegarde Heymann of the University of California, Davis, will trace the evolution of sensory science over the course of her 40-year career; Hans Schultz of Geisenheim University in Germany will explore the effects of climate change on viticulture; and Anita Oberholster of UC Davis will speak about the challenges of modern extension programs. 

Award presentations, research reports, poster sessions with student flash talks, best paper presentations, best student awards and supplier displays will all be available to participants. For the full program listing, go to:

To register for the conference, go to: Early registration discounts end June 15.

—by Jonelle Mejica