Where wine writers gather to network, learn and hone their craft.
The Wine Writers' Symposium is a professional conference that focuses on writers who explore topics within wine and wine-adjacent fields. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and expand the wine writers’ community, to strengthen connections between emerging and established writers, and to provide a forum to discuss and explore the key issues facing an ever-evolving industry. It was established by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners and is a 501-(c)3 organization.
The Symposium serves as a gathering point for renowned wine book authors, editors, magazine writers, critics, columnists, bloggers, and other editorial wine content creators to focus on the craft and the business of wine writing. Since its founding in 2005, more than 500 writers have taken part as fellows and speakers at the Symposium. The list of past speakers includes the likes of Jane Anson, Gerald Asher, Eric Asimov, Talia Baiocchi, Jon Bonné, Jeannie Cho Lee, Julia Coney, Baxter Holmes, Ray Isle, Hugh Johnson, Dave McIntyre, Lee Oglesby, Robert M. Parker Jr., Madeline Puckette, Ruth Reichl, Jancis Robinson, Pavia Rosati, and many more. Held at Meadowood Napa Valley, the event spans two and a half days of enriching experiences, including lectures, panel discussions, writing sessions, wine tastings, and connections within the Napa Valley.
The Wine Writers' Symposium is committed to fostering developing voices and promoting diversity, both key issues for the wine writing community. Attendees of the Wine Writers' Symposium are writers who have already demonstrated a degree of professional commitment to writing about wine.