Session Details

Inspiration for Innovation: Innovation is Alive and Well in the Wine Industry

Mar 09 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


Presented by: Sonoma State University

It often seems like innovation is confined to a few fast-paced industries such as tech or medicine. That might be true for the occasional industry-changing concept, but smaller-scale innovations are possible in almost every business—including wine & spirits. They can be found all along the value chain—in marketing, sales, distribution, and consumer initiatives. This panel brings together experts in these segments from throughout the 3-tier system for a discussion on how they develop and execute innovative ideas. The dialogue will focus on examples of successful go-to market strategies for both the on- and off-premise markets nationally, and pioneering e-commerce and consumer-facing programs. The significance of using real-time data to make decisions and pivot when needed will also feature in the conversation as will recent findings from research on business model innovation in wine businesses.

Join us, be inspired!


Sandy Giovese Wines, The Piedmont Guy

- Founder, Partner, Wine & Spirits Industry Consultant

Banville Wine Merchants

- Vice President, National Sales

- Founder & Executive Vice President

Sonoma State University

- Wine Business Instructor

Wine Business Institute – Sonoma State University

- Executive Director

Sonoma State University

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